After SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Facebook Offers Rainbow Profile Photo Filter

By Justin Lafferty Comment


The Supreme Court announced a 5-4 ruling Friday morning that states must recognize same-sex marriages, and posts about marriage equality flowed through Facebook and other social sites.

Facebook is giving its members another way to celebrate: they’ve developed a tool that allows users to add a rainbow filter to their profile photo.

To give your own profile the rainbow filter treatment, click here.

Facebook announced that more than 6 million people in the U.S. have identified on the site as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender or gender non-conforming. Nearly 1 million people in the U.S. have joined a Facebook group in support of the LGBTQ community.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed how membership in LGBTQ groups on Facebook has grown over time:

Our country was founded on the promise that all people are created equal, and today we took another step towards achieving that promise.

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.

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 Stories has also released a short film about Justin Kamimoto, who started a Facebook group for LGBTQ youth in a conservative part of California’s Central Valley. The group helps teens and young adults find resources and acceptance.

This is not the first time Facebook users have shown profile photo-based support for same-sex marriage equality. In 2013, many users changed their profile photo to the equals sign.

Readers: Have you used the profile picture filter tool?

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