Facebook has introduced a new feature which sees married gay and lesbian couples using the social networking site recognised through same-sex marriage icons.

Previously, if two people of the same sex were married their relationship was signified on their timeline through an icon of a bride and groom.

Now, these relationships will be represented by new icons that feature two grooms or two brides.

The move was welcomed by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

“…these new marriage icons for timeline are another important way for same-sex couples to be recognised,” said GLAAD’s Allison Palmer.

Last month, Facebook became the first social media company to be given an award at the GLAAD Media Awards for its support for LGBT equality.

In 2011, Facebook allowed users to choose the relationship options of ‘In a Civil Union’ and ‘In a Domestic Partnership’.

The company has also taken significant steps toward preventing anti-LGBT bullying on its site, and created the Network of Support with GLAAD and other LGBT organisations in 2010.

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