Social networking platform Facebook has added new options to its 'relationship status' drop down box that allow the LGBT community to indicate the form of relationship they are in.
The changes, which are effective immediately, will only appear in countries where same-sex marriages are yet to be legalised and other official terms are used, like the United States and the UK.
LGBT Facebook users will be able to declare their relationship status by selecting options 'In a domestic partnership' and 'In a civil union'. In the US, the options vary from state to state while in the UK, LGBT members can select 'In a civil partnership'.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), an organisation that battles the obstacles faced by gays and lesbians online, worked closely with Facebook to bring about the changes.
GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said in a statement “By acknowledging the relationships of countless loving and committed same-sex couples in the U.S. and abroad, Facebook has set a new standard of inclusion for social media.”
Others from the LGBT community are not so positive about the move by the internet giant, saying that it gives validity to terms such as 'civil partnership' and thereby further cementing the idea that 'marriage' is only for heterosexual couples.