Love it or hate it, Facebook’s Timeline feature is meant to “tell your life story” through noteworthy events, pictures and other moments preserved online. Now, married same-sex couples can see their lives reflected a bit more accurately when they scroll through their Facebook pages.
This weekend, Facebook’s Timeline started using new icons to indicate married same-sex couples. Two gay-inclusive icons have joined the classic tiny blue bride and groom meant to illustrate a wedding; one shows two brides and one shows two grooms. The icon shows up above the Timeline event listed as a person’s wedding day.
This isn’t Facebook’s first time acknowledging same-sex relationships on individual profiles. Last year, Facebook added “In a Civil Union” and “In a Domestic Partnership” as possible relationship statuses. The social network has also made a name for itself as an LGBT-inclusive company, working with GLAAD and other LGBT organizations to prevent anti-LGBT bullying.
The new icon comes at a perfect time for Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who married his partner Sean Eldridge in New York on Saturday.