Thursday, February 17, 2011

Facebook Expands Relationship Options

Facebook has started allowing people to list themselves as being in a domestic partnership or civil union, which will allow gay couples to more accurately label their relationships on Facebook.  The two new labels join single, in a relationship, married, engaged, it's complicated, in an open relationship, widowed, separated, and divorced.

Of course, if we had full federal equality in the realm of marriage, such a move would not be necessary.  Regardless, this is a step in the right direction, towards allowing LGBT people to feel comfortable, accepted, and respected on America's largest social networking website.

It is, I have to add, a bit odd that Facebook waited so long to make these changes, seeing as how one of the site's co-founders is gay and in a relationship with a gay rights activist.  Perhaps they were motivated by all of the recent gay marriage news making headlines in the past couple of weeks, including Wyoming passing an anti-gay marriage bill, Hawaii passing civil unions legislation, and Rhode Island and Maryland looking more and more likely to pass marriage equality bills.

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