In “The Social Network” Mark Zuckerberg had an epiphany right before he launched Facebook, an option for users to state their “relationship status” on their page. The global phenomenon now has over 600 million members and is ever expanding. It continues to improve and add features to its platform, but just today it added two new relationship status options: “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership.”
The new additions join: single, in a relationship, married, engaged, it’s complicated, in an open relationship, separated, and divorced. The change begins today in the U.S. and several other countries, including Canada, the U.K., Australia, and France. Facebook consulted its Network of Support, which includes GLAAD, GLSEN, and the Human Rights Campaign, before performing the changes.
This does not change the everyday use of Facebook or any of its primary functions, but just expands the scope of how people can express and represent themselves. No status on when other countries can expect the additional options to their profiles as well.