(GOODNEWS PARTY) Facebook has launched a tool that lets users show their support of marriage equality. Facebook’s “Celebrate Pride” tool was announced by co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. The tool was launched shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is now considered a fundamental constitutional right guaranteed under the 14th Amendment.
By visiting the “Celebrate Pride” tool on Facebook, you will see a preview of your profile picture with a rainbow filter. If you click “use as profile picture,” then your existing profile photo will be uploaded with the rainbow filter that is similar to Zuckerberg’s photo above.
“I’m so happy for all of my friends and everyone in our community who can finally celebrate their love and be recognized as equal couples under the law,” said Zuckerberg in a Facebook post. “We still have much more to do to achieve full equality for everyone in our community, but we are moving in the right direction.”
Facebook is not the only technology company that showed its support for marriage equality. Apple has been supporting benefits that covers same sex partners since 1993. Google, Amazon and Microsoft also filed friend of the court papers in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving the Defense of Marriage Act, according to CNET. Those companies insisted that the lack of federal recognition of same sex marriages negatively affects company morale and makes tax benefits complicated. Here is a tweet that Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote following the Supreme Court ruling:
Today marks a victory for equality, perseverance and love.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 26, 2015
And here are some tweets that several technology companies wrote in response to the Supreme Court ruling:
— Google (@google) June 26, 2015
Today #LoveWins. A great day for EVERYONE in the US!
— Yahoo (@Yahoo) June 26, 2015
— Tumblr (@tumblr) June 26, 2015
— Vine (@vine) June 26, 2015
— TwitterOpen (@TwitterOpen) June 26, 2015
— Uber (@Uber) June 26, 2015
— Lyft (@lyft) June 26, 2015
— Airbnb (@Airbnb) June 26, 2015
— AT&T (@ATT) June 26, 2015
— T-Mobile (@TMobile) June 26, 2015
— Sprint (@sprint) June 26, 2015
PCCODENET credits GoodNews and Forbes for the reported of more than six million people in the U.S. that are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or gender non-conforming on Facebook. And one million users belong to a Facebook group supporting LGBTQ rights.