Facebook adds new relationship statuses

That convenient tool for one-click dumping, Facebook’s relationship status button, now has new options aimed at lesbian and gay people.

The company’s added ‘in a civil union’ and ‘in a domestic partnership’ to the list – although only in the US, Canada, the UK, France and Australia.

One concedes that the move might be seen as a step too far in Saudi Arabia, perhaps, but one wonders what Dorothy’s Dutch friends have done wrong.

The move’s been welcomed by gay campaign group GLAAD, which has been nagging Facebook for some time. And, given that ‘in an open relationship’ and the intriguing ‘it’s complicated’ are already on the list, it’s surprising it’s taken this long.

“By acknowledging the relationships of countless loving and committed same-sex couples in the US and abroad, Facebook has set a new standard of inclusion for social media,” says GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios.

“As public support for marriage equality continues to grow, we will continue to work for the day when all couples have the opportunity to marry and have their relationship recognised by their community, both online and off.”

Unfortunately, the move has angered those with other domestic arrangements, who now feel even more left out.

“My younger husband is deeply upset that his status still isn’t recognised,” a Tibetan polyandrist told TechEye. “He hasn’t had a fight this bad with his brother since they were children, and Jigme threw him in the yak-dung heap.”

It’s caused ructions here in the office, too. The trainee reporter’s boyfriend just phoned, querying whether their partnership could really be described as ‘civil’, given the tenor of the conversation at breakfast. The sub-editor thinks there should be an entry for ‘sub’, while the secretary wants ‘married but secretive’.

And the editor’s on the phone to Mark Zuckerberg right now, demanding an entry for ‘pasha’.