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However, there has been one neglected group of people. Gays and lesbians who live in states where gay marriage is not recognized have not, up to this point, had an applicable Facebook relationship status.
Facebook has revealed several new relationship status options, including widowed, separated, divorced, in a domestic partnership, and in a civil union.
I asked a few of my friends to try out the new statuses to see how they looked.
Step forward or step backward?
In my opinion, this is a step:
Having more options on Facebook is a good thing. If a gay or lesbian couple would like to use a new label, then great. However, if they would rather list themselves as married, that’s also great. I think the key idea here is option.
Many don’t agree with me. Some—including blogger “cafemom”—think it could lead to further harassment or online bullying.
Others point out that the separate-but-equal idea of civil unions is akin to racial segregation.
Still others say that this is not enough. For example, Facebook makes a user choose a gender—and the only options are male or female.
Of course, there’s the old argument that relationship statuses on Facebook are complicated (ha! It’s complicated!) and overly drama-filled in and of themselves.
Do we want marriage equality? Yes. Do we have it in the real world? No. But having more cyber options could allow individuals a choice as to what relationship best states what they wish their Facebook public to know.
Plus, more Facebook relationship status drama for us all to follow—er, roll our eyes at.