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Apple also gives gay couples a "shout out" in iOS 6 "emojis"

Remember those little marriage icons on, Inc. (FB)?  Well the site, which at times has been accused of being intolerant to homosexuality, has stirred up a pot of worms by adding special icons to celebrate the marriage of gay couples.

When one of the network's 900 million users posts that they got hitched, traditionally they were treated with a standard heterosexual male and female cake-topper style icon.  Homosexual couples received the same icon, much to their chagrin.

But in the U.S. over the weekend, users began to notice new icons -- two males or two females -- were introduced.   

Facebook gay marriage
Facebook has added gay marriage icons. [Image Source: Facebook via CNN]

James Lazar, a 38-year-old Chicago man was married (to a man), but had refused to change his status for some time due to the male-female icon.  He commented, "I don't like being forced into typical gender roles -- because we aren't.  I think it's offensive."

But he eventually bit the bullet and updated his profile to reflect his marriage.  And to his surprise and delight shortly thereafter his icon changed to two men.  He recalls in a CNN interview, "I honestly didn't realize it was going to show up in my feed.  I have 80,000 people 'liking' it and congratulating me and I'm like, 'Well, it was seven years ago!'"

Apple emojis
Apple includes gay "emojis" in iOS6. [Image Source: Gizmodo]

The Facebook change comes shortly after Apple, Inc. (AAPL) opted to update iOS 6 to include gay couples expressing various affectionate gestures in its canned text message image responses ("emojis").

Source: CNN

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RE: Better Strategy
By Steve1981 on 7/6/2012 3:38:32 PM , Rating: 2
No, the idea is that gay people can be invisible because their qualities are indistinguishable from heterosexuals and that that's a good thing.

Is the ability to fit in a bad thing in your eyes? If so, why?

The idea is that gay people who possess qualities that fit the stereotypes, particularly effeminate men, are inferior.

Who's idea? I don't see it as being implied by Samus' post that you responded to. I certainly don't think of effeminate men as inferior, gay or not. Then again, I probably wouldn't given that I'm not the paragon of macho-manlyness. Of course, few are.

RE: Better Strategy
By superstition on 7/30/2012 9:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
Conformity has good and bad qualities. Excessive conformity, where the ability of a person's to contribute is impaired, is obviously bad for society. Yet, excessive conformity is generally the rule.

I don't see it as being implied by Samus' post that you responded to.

It is. But, more importantly, our culture believes that. So, debating whether or not a specific poster intended that implication or not isn't nearly as useful as acknowledging the implication and why it's important.

But, a lot of folks would rather hide it because they feel it doesn't apply to them. The fact is that minorities help to enrich culture and policies that are socially corrosive affect the entire culture, not just the obvious targets.

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