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

Remember those little marriage icons on Facebook.com, 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 lexluthermiester on 7/8/2012 1:54:57 AM , Rating: 1
I can't help but laugh at the term "stable well adjusted homosexuals". It's a contradiction on several levels.

Homosexuality is a disorder. Whether it be a mental/psychological, physical/genetic, environmental or a combination thereof, it is a disorder and disease. I find it interesting that we can define nymphomania as a disorder[among the multitude of other sexual disorders] and pedophilia as a disease having many differing causes, but somehow homosexuality is perfectly normal?

NONSENSE! Total frickin rubbish from a scientific and sociological point of view. Instead of accepting that very flawed ideal, we should be focusing on finding treatments like any other disorder. And if some people simply want to live with it, that is their right, protected by law. But the law DOES NOT say we as a civilization need to allow it as a part of our mainstream thinking.

Now, should homosexuals should be shunned? Heck no. They are human beings deserving to be treated with respect, kindness and dignity. That is how I treat my friends whom subscribe to that lifestyle. And they know how I feel. Some of them even understand and accept that they have a disorder. Hell one of them is pissed at all of this, in his words, "entitlement bullshit".

Let the mindless, emotion driven flaming commence....


RE: Better Strategy
By superstition on 7/30/2012 9:07:09 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Homosexuality is a disorder.


That's a lie, unless you've just arrived from a time machine set to <1956.

In 1956, Dr. Evelyn Hooker did what no prior researcher had done. She avoided using a polluted sample (men with a history of treatment for mental illness) and instead studied two groups (heterosexual men, homosexual men) with no history of treatment for mental illness. She submitted her work to leading experts. None of them, including her, found any difference between the two stacks of folders.

There was no difference in terms of mental adjustment (sanity) between heterosexual and homosexual men.

So, no, homosexuality isn't a disorder. What needs to be treated, via education, is ignorance.


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