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Facebook Adds “Civil Union” and “Domestic Partnership” Options

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, former HRC Associate Director of Communications

LGBT couples and individuals on Facebook now can express their relationship statuses more effectively – the social networking site has added “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership” to its relationship status options. Facebook has over 600 million users worldwide - the move demonstrates the growing everyday acceptance of LGBT couples and individuals.

The changes were made in consultation with Facebook’s Network of Support. HRC was one of the founding members of the Network, which was formed in October 2010 in an effort to combat LGBT cyberbullying. HRC spokesperson Michael Cole-Schwartz praised the move in a Huffington Post article: “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." You can follow HRC on Facebook at

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