The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

Summary: The 600 million user social networking behemoth made a small change to its 'Relationship Status' drop down box, and in doing so recognized 'In a civil union' and 'In a domestic partnership' as valid choices in the way one can report their personal situation on the site.

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The 600 million user social networking behemoth made a small change to its 'Relationship Status' drop down box today, and in doing so recognized 'In a civil union' and 'In a domestic partnership' as valid choices in the way one can report their personal relationship on the site.

Functionally the change is minor to unimportant, from a societal standpoint it moves Facebook alongside some 35 plus countries in recognizing, in some form, non-traditional relationships.

In a civil union, In a domestic partnership

Two new options: In a civil union, In a domestic partnership

Starting in Denmark in 1989 and spreading to some 30 plus countries, the concept of civil unions was created to ensure that same-sex couples received the same rights, benefits, and were subject to the same legal responsibilities as opposite-sex couples. The concept is highly controversial with both supporters and detractors for what is commonly referred to as gay marriage, the former believes it does not grant rights equivalent to marriage and thus holds them at a second lesser status, the latter holds that civil unions legitimize a type of relationship that should not be sanctioned by the state.

Is it appropriate to talk about Facebook in country scale terms of influence? With 600,000,000 users, its population is only behind those of the physical populations of China and India, and is nearly twice that of the United States. That said, the two new options are reported to be limited to users in the U.S., U.K., Canada, France and Australia, before we rush to name Facebook a vanguard of social change. The country list actually makes little sense, it does not align neatly to the list of countries that actually legally recognize such unions.

And of course following that, the 15,000,000 Facebook users in the Middle East and Northern Africa, where homosexuality is largely a crime with penalties ranging from jail time to the death penalty, will not be seeing this option.

Regarding the change, Facebook only released the following statement to the Huffington Post: "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."

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  • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

    Bad metaphor... Facebook is NOT a country. If it were, we'd have troops there.....

    Facebook only exists in minds of people. Just like freedom, independence and free speech.

    Civil Union is a man-made word to describe two people that don't believe in religion or respect it.
    mcerkas
    • yes and your point is

      @mcerkas
      some people have enough brain matter to actually think by themselves and finally evolve to the modern ages and left religion where it suppose to in the last century ......

      is there something wrong about that
      Quebec-french
    • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

      @mcerkas <br>As a not-so-famous Scottish singer put it, "A country is more an idea than a place."<br><br>And your bigotry is astounding. If you want to practice religion, feel free to do so. I won't criticize you for it, and in fact will defend your right to do so.<br><br>In return, I expect the same from you, including the right NOT to practice it.
      clfitz
    • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

      @mcerkas

      <i>Bad metaphor... Facebook is NOT a country. If it were, we'd have troops there....</i>

      What - who would have troops there?

      You sound like some sort of supremacist idiot. Presumably you think that your country has a right to put it's troops in any country - this is clearly not the case.

      Marriage is a man made word. Even if you believe that god invented marriage - he did not make up the word.

      Study history - do not make up your own.

      <i>Civil Union is a man-made word to describe two people that don't believe in religion or respect it.</i>

      Civil union was invented largely to stop people who wish to follow their religion from being able to do so.

      Marriage is possible in most countries without any sort of religious ceremony and without any religious belief.

      Why is that ill-informed religious bigots are also military freaks?

      Can you not live your life without a sense of superiority and military might? Are you that afraid of the real world?
      richardw66
    • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

      @mcerkas - Sorry you have made this 'choice' to believe. "religion or respect it" is YOUR choice to believe (both "man-made word"s) in.
      I'm a 60 year old heterosexual; CHOOSE to Believe in God as I understand Him, Christian; follow the Path of Spirituality as what I've learned and continue to learn as Christianity; know of and HAVE many, many brothers and sisters "In Christ" who CHOOSE "alternatve life CHOICES" who consider me a sister "In Christ"; so build a bridge and get over it! I believe Christ left us with ONE commandment (albeit: not to over-ride the Original Ten) --- LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS YOU LOVE ME. One interpretation of the 'word' Love includes "respect". God has the Ultimate Unconditional Love for ALL His children. God, only, has final Judgement; thereby making judgement 'not our jobs'; live and let live everybody else's CHOICES; we are ALL 'PRECIOUS AND LOVED CHILDREN OF GOD - unconditionally!!! This is how I CHOOSE to believe in "God as I understand Him".
      PS: Aren't ALL these "exists"ances "in minds of people" "man-made word"(s) ??
      Lepecp
  • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

    Thumbs up for Facebook for recognizing civil unions and domestic partnerships. It may seem like a small gesture but this is a pretty big deal with regards to the civil rights of gay people. Social changes can lead to legal changes.
    4score20
    • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

      @4score20 Yeah like the collapse of society and government.

      Were right in track with the roman empire.
      Ron Burgundy
      • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

        @Ron Burgundy

        Yes. Recognizing gay civil unions and domestic partnerships will lead to the collapse of the Roman empire. I will miss the togas.
        4score20
      • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

        @Ron Burgundy I too will miss the togas. They were light and airy.
        Prefect23
      • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

        @Ron Burgundy
        Yes, we ARE right on track with the Romans. They worshipped money, sports and politics more than anything of substance, and we're right there.
        clfitz
  • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

    Correction: With 600,000,000 users, Facebook's population is not anywhere near even China, let alone India. Together those two countries comprise at least 4 times the population facebook users.
    tora201
    • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

      @tora201 Yeah, that doesn't read right, really meant it's "only" behind China and India:

      China 1,342,400,000
      India 1,194,220,000
      Facebook 600,000,000
      U.S. 312,083000

      Anyhow thanks for the catch, fixed.
      Prefect23
  • How exactly is this a relevant zero day topic?

    Judge ye not.
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      It is a threat to the bigot mind-virus.
      richardw66
  • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

    Great.
    james347
  • RE: The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions

    GAG! Little Rome is burning while little Nero fiddles away, dillusionally, in his crystal palace.
    Splunge