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Facebook New Status Options

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Facebook now offers users new status options for their relationships.

Users can now tell friends if they are “in a civil union” or “in a domestic partnership.”

Before introducing these new options and offering them in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and Australia, they consulted equal-rights organizations regarding the appropriateness of such options.

Molly McKay, the media director of Marriage Equality group stated, “I think it’s important to be able to recognize and describe the legal status of same sex couples. It’s good visibility and good to show everyone on Facebook that same-sex couples exist, and are denied the status of marriage.”

Jarrett Barrios, the president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, further stated, “Today, Facebook sent a clear message in support of gay and lesbian couple to users across the globe.

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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.”

The definitions of civil unions and domestic partnerships actually vary from state to state, while they are not even recognized in some states. Human Rights Campaign’s media officer Michael Cole-Schwartz regards this as a positive step, saying it brings the online experience on par for more people.

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