Apple's newest iteration of its wildly popular iPhone will include gay and lesbian icons.

According to tech blog Gizmodo, the phone's new iOS 6 operating system sports an expanded emojis keyboard which supports graphic emoticons for text messaging and e-mails.

“Two of these new pictograms represent gay and lesbian couples for the first time,” the blog wrote.

“The icons are placed next to the previous relationship-related emojis showing a heterosexual couple holding hands and a heterosexual couple with a son. One shows two men holding hands. The other shows two women in the same position.”

In 2010, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, labeled Apple's then-CEO Steve Jobs “Big Brother” after the company removed an anti-gay marriage app from its iTunes store.

NOM released a dramatic video in which a male announcer is heard saying, “What's happened over the years is the iconic Steve Jobs has become the ironic Steve Jobs. Tell Big Brother you won't be silenced.”

The new gay emoticons, along with the fact that current CEO Tim Cook has never denied reports that he's gay, are certain to be criticized by NOM and other Christian conservatives.