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Facebook's 'civil union' status: What do you think?

Spanish Carlos Baturin (L) and Emilio Menendez (R) hold their hands during their wedding in Tres Cantos townhall near Madrid, 11 July 2005.


Single? In a relationship? It's complicated?

The latter used to be Facebook's catch-all status for those whose relationships didn't fall into conventional categories. But the social networking site has now taken what's considered a major step in support of gay rights in the U.S. by offering the status options of "in a civil union," depending on the state the user lives in, and "domestic partnership." (In Canada, Facebook offers the option "in a civil partnership.")

While some gay and lesbian rights advocates are applauding the website's move, others aren't so pleased. According to Wired magazine, many rights activists consider terms like civil partnerships and civil unions as inadequate substitutions for legalizing same-sex marriage.

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"Not sure how I feel about this. It's like a win but also defeat at the same time," one user commented on Facebook, under the name Gay Aussie.

Wired reports another Facebook member, Quentin Equality Hill, added: "I dislike this. It's the same as anti-gay-marriage states. We are not good enough for the word marriage. Now Facebook is agreeing."

What do you think? Are the new status options a good idea? A bad idea? Or it's complicated?

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Wency Leung is a general assignment reporter for the Life section. Before joining The Globe in early 2010, she has worked as a reporter in Vancouver, Prague, and Phnom Penh. More

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