Note: I think couples who want to use the new Facebook icon should do so regardless of whether or not they have a marriage license. I list myself as married even though my partner Frank and I have not yet taken that step. Our relationships are valid without the imprimatur of the state . . . so have at it if you want to. – Mark
Facebook has rolled out a new feature providing additional recognition for its users who are married to a person of the same sex. Now these users who have indicated on their Facebook timeline that they are married will be recognized by new same-sex marriage icons, rather than the marriage icon used for straight married couples.
This change follows several notable LGBT inclusion efforts by Facebook. Last year, Facebook added ‘In a Civil Union’ and ‘In a Domestic Partnership’ options to user profiles. Facebook has also taken significant steps toward preventing anti-LGBT bullying, and created the Network of Support with GLAAD and other LGBT organizations in 2010.