Facebook Adds Same-Sex Marriage Icons for Timeline


The social networking site’s co-founder Chris Hughes was one of the first to use the new image after he married his partner on Saturday.

Facebook has added new marriage icons depicting same-sex marriage for its timeline feature.

One of the new blue “cake topper” icons features two grooms, while another features two brides.

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Previously, adding a timeline milestone of marriage would produce an image of a heterosexual couple.

Facebook’s co-founder, Chris Hughes, was one of the first people to use the new icon when he married his longtime partner, Sean Eldridge, on Saturday.

This is just the latest step in Facebook’s marriage equality efforts. In February 2011, Facebook added “In a Civil Union” and “In a Domestic Partnership” options to user profiles. In June, Facebook became the first social media company to be honored with an award at the GLAAD Media Awards.

Facebook is following in the progessive footsteps of Apple, who, in June, revealed that the iPhone’s new operating system would have emoticons, or emojis, that depict gay and lesbian couples for the first time.