Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was among one of the 1,800 members that Liked Hughes’ update.
This isn’t the first time Facebook has showed support of same-sex couples. In February 2011 it introduced two relationship options for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, including “In a domestic partnership” and “In a civil union.”
In addition, Facebook has partnered with GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to prevent anti-gay bullying from occurring on the site. It also launched a Network of Support panel with MTV’s A Thin Line campaign to address LGBT issues and launches a Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign with Time Warner.
“Following Facebook’s addition of domestic partnership and civil union to profile options last year, these new marriage icons for timeline are another important way for same-sex couples to be recognized,” Allison Palmer, GLAAD’s head of campaigns and programming, told Mashable. “This move is the latest in a series of measures Facebook has taken to support and include the LGBT community, which earned it the distinction of being the first social media company to receive a GLAAD Media Award earlier this year.”