Some members of the European Union recognise them, the Government in Britain recognises them, some members of various churches worldwide refuse to recognise them and most gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people would like to have them recognised. What are we talking about? Gay marriage, or 'civil unions', a new option that Facebook members can choose to use to express their marital status.
And according to various Facebook members themselves, including one Matthew Hardy who started up a 'Tell Facebook to Recognise Civil Partnerships' group page on the site, the decision to include an LGBT-recognised term on the website was long overdue. Facebook, to its credit, did its homework first, Lesbilicious tells us.
'The status changes were brought in after consultation with several LGBT campaigning groups in the US, including the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG and other organisations that make up Facebook’s Network of Support, a group set up last October to tackle the issues encountered by LGBT users of the networking site.'
Bravo Facebook! Next step: a choice of rainbow-coloured borders instead of that boring navy-blue colour please.