‘Domestic Partnership’, ‘Civil Union’ Added To Facebook Relationship Profile Says Andrew Noyes

By on Feb 18, 2011 in Australia, Current Events, Europe, Internet, North America, Technology, United States Comments
Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes
announced Civil Union and
Domestic Partnership Options

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The Internet’s largest and most famous social networking site, Facebook, has added ‘In a domestic partnership‘ and ‘In a civil union‘ options in its relationship status. The announcement was made by Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes and these options are now available in the US, Canada, France, UK and Australia, starting February 17, 2011.

Before the addition of the two options, the available relationship status include Single, In a relationship, Engaged, Married, It’s complicated, In an open relationship, Widowed, Separated, and Divorced.

Aside from the relationship status, Facebook user’s profile also include the option to display family members and friends who are also using the application, employer information, schools attended, contact information and many other relevant information.

According to Andrew Noyes, Facebook‘s manager of public policy communication, the two new options were highly requested by Facebook users.

Below is Andrew Noyes statement regarding the addition of the new Facebook features.

This has been a highly requested feature from users. We want to provide options for people to genuinely and authentically reflect their relationships on Facebook.

Before making the changes, the social network giant conducted consultations through their Facebook group called Network of Support. The group is consists of several LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) organizations that include the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, and the Human Rights Campaign.

Below is Michael Cole-Schwartz‘s, spokesperson for Human Rights Campaign, statement on Facebook‘s new features.

As LGBT people face a patchwork of relationship recognition laws, this gives people more tools to adequately describe their relationship. Facebook has been a company that has tried to be inclusive of the LGBT community and this just one sign of it.

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