5 LGBT things you need to know today, May 12

1. The Italian parliament legalized same-sex civil unions on Wednesday, ending the country's status as the last Western European nation not allowing them. 2. Meet the GOP senator blocking the historic appoin...
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Facebook relationship status update: In a Civil Union

Facebook — where you can read all about the ups and downs of people's relationships — is now adding "In a Civil Union" and "In a Domestic Partnership" to its relationship statuses.

Some LGBT people are able to record their relationships as "married" because they've been married in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Washington, D.C ,  the few states that have legalized same-sex marriage.

But now in a move for more inclusivity, Facebook is adding more options for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who can't legally married but are in legal relationships.

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Opportunities and risks for marriage equality in 2011

Map of states in same-sex marriage fights in 2011

Guide to USA map with same-sex marriage fights in 2011After a 2010 with few marriage equality measures contested outside the courtroom, 2011 will likely see a number of battles state by state across the country.

On Jan. 18, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal to the law allowing gay couples to marry in Washington, D.C.

Still, two states face the prospect of losing marriage equality, an additional seven states could start the process of amending their state constitutions to ban marriage equality, and five could gain marriage equality.

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By the numbers: Gay marriage around the world

26 Countries — not including the United States — that recognize same-sex unions (through marriage, civil unions or other status). 53 Countries — again not including the United States — with anti-discrimination ...