Tuesday, 22 February 2011 02:02

Facebook Added Civil Unions

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Facebook added "civil union" and "domestic partnership" in the status-of-relationship's option.

If you live in United States, Canada, France, United Kingdom or Australia, you can now choose to indicate civil union or domestic partnership in your relationship status option.

"This has been a highly requested feature from users," said Facebook's Andrew Noyes, manager of public policy communications. "We want to provide options for people to genuinely and authentically reflect their relationships on Facebook."

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 reports The Huttington Post.

"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."

Of course, it is a good thing that facebook adds these options but that does not remove messages from haters and the cyberbullying.

"There are people who are vulnerable and people who are going to be bullies online and people need to have the right tools to keep up with that," Cole-Schwartz said. "That will continue to be something that all online spheres wrestle with and need to be cognizant of."