Facebook on Monday showed its support for gay marriage when the company debuted same-sex marriage status icons that best reflect a persons relationship status. In the past a bride and groom were used for straight couples who were married while no such icon was available for gay married couples.
The movie was first spotted when Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes married his partner Sean Eldgridge (pictured above) and the men were met with the symbol for two grooms as he announced the wedding on his Facebook Timeline.
Facebook is no stranger to same-sex couple support, in 2011 the company created relationship options for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community members. Among the options available were “In a domestic partnership” and “In a civil Union.”
At the same time Facebook has come under fire in the past for removing photos of same sex couples kissing and for removing group posts that supported the LGBT community.
Facebook has also partnered with GLAAD to prevent the bullying of same-sex couples and singles among other gay-rights projects.
Facebook continues to redefine who is serves and how it serves them, with nearly 1 billion people now using the social network around the world it appears they are finally giving their massive user base the tools they need to live and share their own lifestyles with friends, family members and other people they choose to allow into their own personal social network.
Are you surprised by Facebook’s move to add same-sex marriage icons to the website or was it long overdue?