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Will Facebook Recognize Three-Way Relationships?

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A petition intends to diversify the relationship status guidelines on the social media app.

Currently, Facebook only allows users to display that they are in a relationship with only one other person. But what if you're not in a monogamous relationship? Although there are multiple options to chose from (civil union, divorced, open relationship, separated, and many more) there isn't any way to show that you're in a relationship with more than one person.

That's why activist Philly Cashion started a petition on the issue, and it has quickly gathered more than 2,000 signatures.

"I'm in a 'non-traditional relationship,'" Cashion writes. "I'm with my best friends. The three of us are very happy."

The petition continues:

"We can't all get married in the UK. We would like to but such things are illegal. We are going around this by having a hand-fasting. What would be nice however is to have it on our profiles; people use the relationship option for many things from friends to married people. This is fun and good, but as Facebook seems stuck in the idea that a relationship only involves two people... It cuts one of us off. This may seem silly to some people, but to me it's another way of being told our relationship isn't real."

A gay throuple in Canada discussed their relationship with each other last year. "We want to make sure that we're all equally bound and obligated to each other in marriage," the throuple said at the time. The threesome was criticized for planning to marry and have children together.

More recently, RuPaul's Drag Grace season 8 candidate Derrick Barry opened up about his throuple on air, relaunching the debate in a mainstream context.

What's your view on three-way marriages and relationships? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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