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Facebook to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages with New Icon

Update Date: Jul 02, 2012 04:22 PM EDT

Facebook has made its website more user friendly with the addition of a new feature for married same-sex couples. The popular social networking site has added a new icon for people married to the same sex, instead of using the traditional male-female marriage icons.

In a statement published online, a representative from The Gay & lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) lauds Facebook for taking the initiative to have representation for same-sex married couples.

"Following Facebook's addiction of domestic partnership and civil unions to profile option last year, these new marriage icons for timeline are another important way for same-sex couples to be recognized," said Allison Palmer. "This move is the latest in a series of measures Facebook has taken to support and include the LGBT community."

A month ago, Facebook received a Special Recognition Award at GLAAD's 23rd annual media awards for setting "the bar high for ensuring that LGBT people have a safe space to connect with friends and family. GLAAD is pleased to present this award to Facebook in recognition of its efforts to make their platform welcoming to everyone."

Earlier this year, Facebook added 'In a Civil Union' and 'In a Domestic Partnership' options to user profiles. The option is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.

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