With over 500 million users and counting Facebook users are a pretty diverse bunch of people.
Previously when you were adding your relationship status the only choices you had were Single, In a relationship, Engaged, Married, It’s complicated, In an open relationship, Widowed, Separated and Divorced.
Sometime last night Facebook rolled out two new options to choose from including, “In a civil union” and “In a domestic partnership”. It’s nice to see a social media site, especially one with the reach of Facebook, becoming more inclusive, or at the very least offering more options for people to choose from that more precisely define the types of relationship users can choose from.
“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,” Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation president Jarrett Barrios wrote in a statement.
Admittedly the fact that in 2011 this is considered an actual achievement and not just something that’s acceptable is a bit absurd, however for the millions of people who are actually in one of these committed relationships there and who use Facebook to connect with family and friends are sure to welcome the opportunity to correctly identify their relationship status.