Quick Note: Facebook Adds Gay Marriage Icons
July 5, 2012 5:57 PM
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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. (
)? 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 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
, "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 includes gay "emojis" in iOS6. [Image Source: Gizmodo]
The Facebook change comes shortly after Apple, Inc. (
) opted to update iOS 6 to include gay couples expressing various affectionate gestures in its canned text message image responses ("emojis").
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RE: Better Strategy
7/30/2012 9:11:27 PM
Lesbians have lower STD infection rates than heterosexuals and homosexual men. They have lower HIV infection rates. They have lower AIDS deaths.
Does that mean lesbians are superior people?
Large numbers of heterosexual couples engage in anal sex. Does that mean, again, that lesbians are superior people — since they don't have penises and are less likely to engage in penetrative anal sex?
Here are the facts:
1. Not all gay people and not all hetero people have anal sex.
2. People who want to engage in anal sex are not disordered because of that desire.
3. Psychology has known since 1956 that homosexuality isn't a disorder.
There is nothing about being gay that makes a gay person more prone to "emotional problems and serious mental health issues" than a heterosexual person. There is, however, one source of emotional stress that could be avoided: ignorance like yours.
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