HomoTech: Facebook Introduces Same-Sex Marriage Icons
Facebook users are a diverse lot. Members post everything from a picture and caption of what they ate for lunch ("OMG! So interesting!") to breaking news that they just bought a puppy. Posts, or status updates, range from the embarrassing to heartfelt and regardless of how any of us feels about it, Facebook and its army of loyal "friends" are here to stay ... and post and upload and share every moment of their lives.
One of the most interesting things that Facebook has visibly changed about society is the way people go about declaring and showing their love and affection. Remember when flowers and a card reading, "I Love You" expressed your emotions? Today, your relationship is not complete until you post that you are "in a relationship with XX." Likewise, your breakup is not complete until you tell the world you "went from being in a relationship to single." Both must be posted on Facebook, of course (in many cases, the second notice following the first in a matter of days; or hours).
People can bitch and moan about oversharing and everyone talking but nobody listening, but it’s here, it’s life in the 2010s and it’s not going away anytime soon.
With Americans growing increasingly more accepting of same-sex marriage, it was only a matter of time before Facebook’s gnomes gave the wedded (or hope-to-be) LGBT an icon of their own to indicate marital status on their Timelines.
On July 1, Facebook rolled out the new cake topper-style icon, with two grooms or two brides as choices, in place of the already existing bride-and-groom icon.
You know what? I think it’s just silly -- and just a little bit awesome! I love my partner, and if all goes well in November, Washington State voters will keep same-sex marriage the law in the Evergreen State.
Even now, before the marriage, I call him "husband." But I want that to be more than just a cute nickname in front of guests at a dinner party. By putting it on Facebook, I’m proclaiming it to the world (because the world is on Facebook).