Facebook has added two new relationship status options users can include in their online profiles: “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership.”
The new fields are being rolled out in the U.S. and several other countries, including Canada, France, the U.K., and Australia, starting today.
“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.”
I have a special request to Facebook related to this welcome news. I would request they have a status for those of us who live in states and nations who treat us as second class citizens to be able to choose the option, “second class citizen” under relationship status. I think it would be genius and reflect the true nature of our status in the more bigoted states, and nations where we want full equality rather than a civil union or domestic partnership.
Heck, I wouldn’t marry my partner anytime soon. Don’t get me wrong, I love him more than my luggage, but marriage just isn’t foreseeable for us. Maybe if the laws change, my beloved snoring machine might have a eureka moment and put a ring on it? Who knows? We should have the option of marriage like everyone else, though. I am a second class citizen and it would be nice to have that option to reflect the reality of American LGBT’s Facebook user’s relationship status.