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Unicode Consortium approves interracial couple emojis

emojis couples of different skin tones holding hands.
Tinder/Emojination via AP

Finally recognizing couples of color, the emoji gods (known as the Unicode Consortium) have approved the addition of characters technically referred to as people "holding hands," AP's Leanne Italie writes.

Details: While the Unicode Consortium signed off on the skin-tone additions, user companies (Google, Microsoft and Apple) will decide for themselves starting later this year whether to add them and how they will look.

Jenny Campbell, chief marketing officer for Tinder, which helped champion the change, said: "[W]e wanted to get the interracial emoji couple on people's keyboards not only for equality, but also to spread acceptance for all couples."

  • More than 50,000 people signed Tinder's online petition at Change.org.

Also approved this year: A waffle, a much-requested white heart, a guide dog and people in wheelchairs. Oh, and a sloth.