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eHarmony agrees to make site "welcoming" to gays and lesbians, ending L.A. lawsuit

Putting an end to two and a half years of litigation, the online dating site eHarmony.com has reached an agreement to pay a half a million dollars and make its website more “welcoming” to seekers of same-sex matches, settling a class-action lawsuit brought by gays and lesbians in California.

The company had already launched a service for gays and lesbians, called Compatible Partners, in an unrelated settlement with New Jersey’s attorney general last year.

As a result of the settlement agreement filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court and pending approval by a judge, eHarmony will add a “gay and lesbian dating” category to their main website -- which will direct users to Compatible Partners -- and allow bisexual users to access both websites for one fee. 

The eHarmony site currently provides links for Christian, black, Jewish, Hispanic, senior and local dating. California residents who have filed written complaints with the company will receive $4,000 each from the settlement funds.

The website, founded in 2000 by clinical psychologist Neil Clark Warren, an evangelical Christian, did not provide same-sex matching services until last year, contending that the company’s closely-guarded compatibility models were based on studies of married heterosexual couples. In court filings, attorneys for eHarmony also pointed to websites exclusively providing same-sex matches, such as gay.com or guys4men.com, saying the company “does not stand alone among companies that provide their relationship-matching services to a single sexual orientation.”

Neither the company nor its attorneys immediately returned a request for comment. As part of the California agreement, the Compatible Partners site will display the eHarmony logo “in a prominent position,” and will state that the service is “brought to you by eHarmony.” The site currently states that it is “powered by eHarmony.”

-- Victoria Kim

 
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now gays/lesbians have equal rights to being ripped off by eharmony. schweet!

As a member of the oppressive homosexual movement, I look forward to imposing our agenda on heterosexuals and ruining their traditions, institutions and families.

This is RIDICULOUS!!!~ Why don't these twisted people go to their beastly site and leave eHarmony alone? Cowardly Mr. Warren why did you cave on your God given mission? So should every sexually twisted site now have to serve the others. This is crossing the line?

Any wonder you are been rejected from state to state?

It's about time, because the heterosexual agenda has been in our faces since day 1. People are so sad. The world is changing, lock your doors and stay in your bitter bitter world.

Sickning. The aggressiveness, and hypocrisy on the GLBT community is a major reason they have become a stench in the nostrils of society. I think I'll try to sign up for a hetro relationship on gay.com and sue for the site not being "welcoming" to us heterosexuals. Based on the precedent this judgment set, I like my chances of adding 4,000$ to my pocket...now to find a lawyer...Oh maybe next I'll try to go to an all girls school and sue because I'm male and they won't let me in...Or maybe I'll go to a school for the blind and sue because they don't have non braille books...maybe I'll go to Canada and sue because I can't get free prescription drugs because I'm not Canadian....maybe...

What the....? Why would gays/lesbians want to do business with a company that doesn't cater to them?

Why don't they use the sites that cater to them instead of making everyone else do what they want?

This is the most bizarre thing I've ever read.

"...websites exclusively providing same-sex matches, such as gay.com or guys4men.com..."

Actually, Gay.com and every other such site I have seen allow straight searches, profiles, etc. without any distinction whatsoever in the interface, site or anything else. To imply or state otherwise is simply not accurate.

The comments posted so far are full of blind, irrational hatred - sad.

Yes, GLBT terroristic agenda is at it again. Forcing a business to cater to their lifestyle. It's a sad day in CA and for all of the businesses who will be victimized by such a small minority. I sincerely hope that an appeals process will be conducted and this judgement turned around.

Anyone interested in filing a class action suit against a gay site for not "welcoming" same sex members?

What amazes me more than anything in reading these comments is that people STILL think that being gay/lesbian is actually a lifestyle CHOICE that people make. Maybe for some people crying out for attention (Anne Heche) but the people that I know that are gay/lesbian did NOT make the choice. Just like genes give you your blue eyes and brown hair, genes decide whether or not you will be gay/lesbian. Mark my words, science will identify the gene responsible for this. And the Little Minds will deny it--or try to mutate it to fit their own 'traditional' agenda.

This is so pathetic, extortion is punishable by law, this is extortion.
It may be time for the 'Straight" community to take the law into our own hands when dealing with these scum to our society.

Those of you bitching about the "gay agenda" are pretty funny. Imagine if it was a whites-only site and it was black people trying to gain access. Would you dismiss the black people by saying they're just part of the "black agenda" or would you, you know, pull your heads out of your bigoted asses and act like a decent human being? I hope it's the latter.

discrimination in any form is wrong people

just another instance of the liberal gay left forcing their values on straights that are sick and tired of having to cater to them.

I am proud of every legal discharge/separation of gays I administered as an Air Force Commander

What a stupid, stupid decision!

Archangel, wow that is is a really egotistical name. How is it, sitting on that ten foot pole all day? Take your hate speech somewhere else, you bigot.

I'm gay, and I think this is ridiculous and embarrassing. Private companies should be able to discriminate against whoever they want.

To be honest, I don't think that eHarmony.com should have had to make their site for the gay/lesbian community. Why not? Warren said that he created eHarmony based on studies he had done on heterosexual married couples. Why should he then create a scam? He has not done any studies on Homosexual relationships and providing a service for them when he has no knowledge on the subject would be a fraud and a scam. So there you go, gay/lesbian community. You got paid $4000 and you get a nice scam out of it. Nice work.

It's easy for those of you "straight" persons to think gays are throwing our sexuality in your faces or looking to GET PAID, but try having to fighting every day of your life for basic human rights and you might think differently. 1. I was a child and I grew up knowing I was gay, NO ONE made me this way but OUR GOD. 2. We don't need your money, most gay men and women make more then straight people can ever dream about. 3. If you want to go on a gay.com or guys4men.com and place an ad go for it. You can even do it for free on Craigslist and you will find that there are THOUSANDS of your husbands, wives, fathers, brothers and sisters who YOU think are "straight" out there looking for same-sex meetings. Only god knows who we truly are, so quit trying to BE HIM and let everyone just live there lives the way the choose to live it.

It's sad how many people are using this article to spew their anti-homosexual thoughts. I'm not saying that there aren't some people cashing in on this lawsuit, but not everyone is. Homosexuality is a lifestyle right up there with heterosexuality. It isn't a bad lifestyle, just different. There are people on this site (eHarmony) looking for their life mate. I thought the whole point of the site was to find that one person you "mesh" with; based on who they are as a person, not what reproductive organs they happen to have.

Ah, the Age of Entitlement. Isn't it wonderful? A private, legal, American business must now bend over backwards to satisfy the demands of The Entitled.

"Even though there exist many same-sex dating sites, I want THAT dating site to change its business model to meet MY desires. I want, I want, I want. And if you don't give it to me, I'll sue you and call you a bigot. Now gimme."

I'm a gay male in my 20's who has used dating sites, such as match.com or gay.com, and feel that forcing EHarmony to change their website to accomodate gays is WRONG!

Just like someone else mentioned, it should be a requirement in this case to allow the gay dating sites to have heterosexual profiles. It's only fair.

I'm all for gay marriage and equal rights for myself and my friends- but forcing a dating website to change their policies because it doesn't include everyone isn't right

I'm confused Archangel, why do Gays want their hands on your, our children? And why will he punish Neil Clark Warren?

Whatever the answers, man, I want to subscribe to your newsletter!

the end of time is near.

I just do not get this. How come in America the government can tell you how to run your business. Let’s assume for the moment that these folks were not Christians and let’s just assume that they were Business folks that decided that they wanted to run a dating service for traditional couples. Please tell me what rite anyone has to tell them how to run their business.

I am 5’7”. I am going to sue the Big and Tall stores for not providing clothes that fit me. I am a vegetarian; I am going to sue In and Out for not having salads and veggie burgers. I like listening to death metal music. I am going to sue Carnegie Hall for not having heavy death metal rock bands.
You get the picture… I have no problem with anyone dating anyone. Please, someone tell me why anyone has the right to tell these people how to best run their business.

I just do not get this. How come in America the government can tell you how to run your business. Let’s assume for the moment that these folks were not Christians and let’s just assume that they were Business folks that decided that they wanted to run a dating service for traditional couples. Please tell me what rite anyone has to tell them how to run their business.

I am 5’7”. I am going to sue the Big and Tall stores for not providing clothes that fit me. I am a vegetarian; I am going to sue In and Out for not having salads and veggie burgers. I like listening to death metal music. I am going to sue Carnegie Hall for not having heavy death metal rock bands.
You get the picture…

I have no problem with anyone dating anyone. Please, someone tell me why anyone has the right to tell these people how to best run their business.

 
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