Facebook adds ''in a civil union", ''in a domestic partnership'' relationship options

The site that Zuckerberg built appears to have made a small - but for some, vitally important - addition and now allows ‘In a civil union’ and ‘In a domestic partnership’ as valid relationship options.

When the change was made is unclear, but users in the U.S., U.K., Canada, France and Australia now have the ability to choose the two new options, according to ZDNet. More than 35 nations recognise civil unions in some form and same-sex unions are legal in some U.S. states, although they are not recognised by the federal government.

While Facebook's official blog makes no mention of the change, the company's manager of public policy communications, Andrew Noyes, told The Huffington Post it had been a ''highly requested feature''.

''We want to provide options for people to genuinely and authentically reflect their relationships on Facebook,'' he said.

The change was apparently made in consultation with Facebook's Network of Support, which counts several Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender community advocacy groups among its members. Many of those groups told The Huffington Post they were pleased with Facebook's actions yesterday.

''Facebook has always been an empowering place for gay people--it's a place you can be yourself in relative safety. This is a natural progression of that. In most places, gay Americans can't yet marry but they may be able to formalize their relationship short of marriage. This change reflects that reality. Well done,'' Equality Matters president Richard Socarides told the site via email.

Meantime, tech blogs have caught wind of a quiet change to News Feeds only posts from people who you interact with regularly, or from those who have interacted with you recently, will appear. The change has apparently been rolled out to all users and applies by default.

Reversing the change, however, is fairly simple - scroll to the bottom of the News Feed, click ''Edit Options'', click ''Show Posts From'' and change the setting to ''All Of Your Friends and Pages''.

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Because everyone apparently needs to know that you are in more than just a relationship?
Why people need to flaunt this kind of info is beyond me...

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Because everyone apparently needs to know that you are in more than just a relationship?
Why people need to flaunt this kind of info is beyond me...

+1!

That seems like a lot of options. 'In a Relationship', 'In a Committed Relationship', Engaged and Married have worked very well for all tyoes of people... these news ones seem very specific to one sexual orientation somehow (as evidenced by the article).

burnblue said,
That seems like a lot of options. 'In a Relationship', 'In a Committed Relationship', Engaged and Married have worked very well for all tyoes of people... these news ones seem very specific to one sexual orientation somehow (as evidenced by the article).

I agree, the option for marriage should just be given to everyone and we should try to limit separate and unequal classifications like civil unions, which are not even equal when two straights are participants.

Off topic (maybe a little) but can they add a DISLIKE button please
Why is there a like button but no dislike button
Makes no sense.

este said,
Off topic (maybe a little) but can they add a DISLIKE button please
Why is there a like button but no dislike button
Makes no sense.

Examinus doesn't like this.

este said,
Off topic (maybe a little) but can they add a DISLIKE button please
Why is there a like button but no dislike button
Makes no sense.

Beyond_Godlike thinks this comment was dumb.

este said,
Off topic (maybe a little) but can they add a DISLIKE button please
Why is there a like button but no dislike button
Makes no sense.

It makes plenty of sense. It's not going to benefit anyone to have their status, post, photo or page 'disliked'.

It's not Digg, it's a social network.

este said,
Off topic (maybe a little) but can they add a DISLIKE button please
Why is there a like button but no dislike button
Makes no sense.

Ive thought of this as well.

burnblue said,

It makes plenty of sense. It's not going to benefit anyone to have their status, post, photo or page 'disliked'.

It's not Digg, it's a social network.


I think a dis-like option is appropriate. When my sister decided to announce her cancer on Facebook so that those outside her inner circle would all know in one fell swoop, I sure as hell wasn't going to click 'Like'.

jr.flynn said,

I think a dis-like option is appropriate. When my sister decided to announce her cancer on Facebook so that those outside her inner circle would all know in one fell swoop, I sure as hell wasn't going to click 'Like'.

I'd have left a comment.

Amazing. First you have the "between a man and women only" crowd bitch that gays can't use the term marriage, but civil union is acceptable... and then when something like Facebook add's the option to differentiate between the two... people get all grumpy and still bitch.

Personally I think the labeling is dumb, and if someone is gay, they'll still be defined as married to me.

NeoDecay said,
Good for facebook. Another step for equality for all peoples.

Actually no, if it really was about equality it would be just "in a relationship" and wouldn't stress particularities of said relationship. This kind of differenciations just make them "special relationships" which they shouldn't be imo.

DrunkenBeard said,

Actually no, if it really was about equality it would be just "in a relationship" and wouldn't stress particularities of said relationship. This kind of differenciations just make them "special relationships" which they shouldn't be imo.

As I previously mentioned, civi union can be between a man and a woman too.

DrunkenBeard said,

Actually no, if it really was about equality it would be just "in a relationship" and wouldn't stress particularities of said relationship. This kind of differenciations just make them "special relationships" which they shouldn't be imo.

Yeah but blame the voters and legislators fo creating a seperate but unequal status for same-sex couples in most jurisdictions. All gay and lesbian couples want are the same thing the rest of us have: civil mariage equality. Howeve as Atrius points out, opposite-sex couples can have a CU/DP too.

In Domestic Partnership - I am looking aftersomeone elses kid, I am living with its mother whilst she is shagging around although secretly I am in denial. I would love to be shagging her but I just pay her bills.

darth_mark said,
When will they add "in a bad romance"?

They need to add many versions of those. "Getting Played"

Well, civil union/domestic partnership/registered partnership do not necessarily mean that it is a gay relationship.

For example, back in the time the Netherlands recognized registered partnership mainly to give some rights to gay couples, however, in no time it became more popular among straight couples.