E-Harmony has not been providing matchmaking services to gays and lesbians on account of its "christian values" and claim that their love research was only done on heterosexual relationships giving them no basis for how to match queers.
Now, thanks to a lawsuit E-Harmony will open its service to gays and lesbians.
"Internet matchmaker eHarmony.com will provide same-sex matching services in 2009 under the terms of a settlement reached today in New Jersey. The online dating service, founded in 2000 in California, has 20 million clients, according to its website. Eric McKinley, a gay man from New Jersey, filed a discrimination suit against eHarmony Inc. in 2005 after the service refused to take his personal advertisement. McKinley's suit triggered a N.J. state investigation of the service. Under the terms of the settlement, eHarmony agreed to provide a new service for gay men and lesbians by March 31 under the headings "male seeking male" and "female seeking female." In return, the complaint against eHarmony was dismissed by the N.J. Division on Civil Rights. The company and its founder, Neil Clark Warren, were absolved of any liability." (JMG)Too bad it took a court order to force them to expand their dating service to include gays and lesbians.
I know I for one will sign up for a "free" account, to demonstrate that there are gays and lesbians out there, but no way in hell will they get a dime from me for the regular basic membership.