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Facebook adds new relationship options: "In a civil union" or "domestic partnership"

by Jorge Hernandez on February 18, 2011

For users who want to self-declare their relationship status on Facebook, the social networking site has expanded its list of options, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The options now include "In a civil union" and "In a domestic partnership", in addition to the previous options that included "single", "in a relationship", "engaged", "married" or "it's complicated."

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) organization was one of the groups that asked Facebook for the change.

In an online statement, GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios wrote, “Today, Facebook sent a clear message in support of gay and lesbian couples to users across the globe. By acknowledging the relationships of countless loving and committed same-sex couples in the U.S. and abroad, Facebook has set a new standard of inclusion for social media. As public support for marriage equality continues to grow, we will continue to work for the day when all couples have the opportunity to marry and have their relationship recognized by their community, both online and off."

The new options are available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and France.

According to the GLAAD Blog, Facebook joined the organization and other LGBT groups to form the "Network of Support" initiative in October 2010.

The "Network of Support" initiative aimed to fight bullying, harassment and other online abuses, by asking users to alert Facebook of violations via anonymous reports. The campaign also asked users to "think twice before posting" comments and photos that may be insensitive.

Other supports of the initiative included MTV's A Thin Line campaign; the Human Rights Campaign; the Trevor Project; the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), according to Facebook

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