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Facebook offers same-sex wedding icons

John Moe Jul 3, 2012

Okay, so the story is that Big Face now offers little icons of two women or of two men that can be employed when a user wants to denote having gotten married. An icon of a man and a woman was already available. The move is getting a lot of attention but I think it’s kind of interesting in how technology is now reflecting society. You can see Facebook’s move here as a political statement in support of the rights of two people to marry, regardless of gender, or you could see it as a simple design move that reflects society. After all, same-sex marriage is legal in many states, including New York, and a whole lot of countries around the world. Praise or vilify Facebook if you want but this decision is also just a recognition of reality.

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