Congrats, gay people! Facebook loves you.
Because folks in the LGBT community use Facebook too, the world’s largest social networking site has added “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership” to its relationship status options. These two new options are now available to users in the United States, Canada, France, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Previously, the set of options only included: single, in a relationship, married, engaged, it’s complicated, in an open relationship, widowed, separated, and divorced.
From The Huffington Post:
The changes were made in consultation with Facebook’s Network of Support, a group that includes LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] organizations such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, and the Human Rights Campaign.
“As LGBT people face a patchwork of relationship recognition laws, this gives people more tools to adequately describe their relationship,” said Michael Cole-Schwartz, spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign. “Facebook has been a company that has tried to be inclusive of the LGBT community and this just one sign of it.”
No news if the said options would be introduced to residents of other countries as well.