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Apple Does 'Gay-Friendly' in the Most Adorable Way Possible

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Apple (AAPL) is very busy these days. Among the numerous updates that will be included in iOS 6, the company is introducing a new collection of Emoji -- emoticons for the uninitiated -- and gay and lesbian couples will now be a part of the mix. The same-sex couples appear as cute miniature duos standing side-by-side holding hands.

According to TechCrunch, you don’t even have to wait for the fall release of iOS 6 to get these little guys. Using an iPhone with iOS 5 simply go to Settings>General>Keyboard and select the international keyboard. After you add the new keyboard, select Emoji from the selection of languages. When you’re ready to put them into action, hit the globe button to scroll through the collection of silly monkeys, stylized skulls, and now same-sex couples.

The folks at Apple have long been supporters of gay rights. In 2008 Apple donated $100,000 to fight Proposition 8, a ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage in California and add an amendment to the state constitution that would declare that marriage can only between a man and a woman. Sadly, the proposition was eventually passed by voters in the November 2008 election.

Hopefully there will be a future for same-sex Emoji for Android (GOOG) and BlackBerry (RIMM), which currently offer Emoji packages as plug-ins. I’m sure some crafty developer will soon come up with their own imagery to add to the Google Play market.
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