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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 superstition on 7/30/2012 9:03:40 PM , Rating: 2
The key is to get your point across without being perceived as militant / annoying by those whose opinions can be swayed. You may have die-hard opposition to your cause that will always label you as such

I've bolded part of your statement because you're starting to get toward the truth of it. It's not about a fair analysis. The whole "militant" thing is an unfair appraisal of activism designed to advocate people not standing up for themselves. It's advocacy for the closet, for invisibility and a lack of civil rights. Unfortunately, the end result are things like gay teen suicide. That's not hyperbole. If a society teaches you that you're so bad that you can't even be recognized, that's very hard on people, especially young people.

Why do you want to broadcast what you do in the bedroom? I personally don't really want to know what anyone does in the bedroom, gay or straight.

You're taking it literally, like when people say things like "love the sinner, hate the sin". Gay people aren't literally going around wanting to tell everyone the details of what they do in the bedroom. Sheesh.

One of the tactics of the right-wing is to pretend that homosexuality isn't a sexual orientation and is instead nothing more than sexual behavior (sex acts): the bedroom. When a heterosexual person talks about their kids and has a picture of their wife on their desk, are they trying to force everyone into a long conversation about their sexual practices in the bedroom?

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