Some random items…

* Larisa Alexandrovna @ HuffPost: Our national nervous breakdown has begun.

* Rosie’s outta there.

* Iowa Gay Civil Rights Bill Signed Into Law

* Welcome to the Father/Daughter Purity Ball.

Blender Charles decided to write eHarmony to ask customer service why its service doesn’t do same-sex matching, and this was the response:

From: eHarmony Customer Care
Date: May 24, 2007 9:03:53 AM PDT
To: XXXXXX
Subject: why no matches for gays or lesbians?

Dear Charles,

Thank you for contacting eHarmony.com. We apologize for any delay in responding.

We appreciate your feedback regarding our same sex matching policies. eHarmony provides an Internet relationship service with a patented matching system designed to match highly compatible men and women who are seeking a long-term relationship.  eHarmony’s patented matching system is premised on over 35 years of clinical practice and empirical study with opposite-sex couples about the similarities and differences between men and women and what leads to a successful opposite-sex relationship.  eHarmony has not developed the same long-term research on the most successful same-sex unions.  For that reason, eHarmony does not provide online matching services to persons seeking only same-sex matches.  It does not, however, prevent anyone from accessing the website, filling out the Relationship  Questionnaire, receiving the free Personality Profile, and using the opposite-sex service as we currently provide it.

Customer Relations
eHarmony

You’ll recall that eHarmony is peeved because competitor Chemistry.com points out eHarmony’s limited services.

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Blenders doing anything fun this weekend? To honor the fallen soldier — including those closeted and not — Steve Ralls of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network reports that SLDN advisory board member and retired Army chaplain Paul Dodd will give a sermon on Sunday recognizing the sacrifice of LGBT servicemembers. It will be held in Dallas, Texas at The Cathedral of Hope.

The Cathedral of Hope is the world’s largest LGBT church. Founded in 1987, the mission of the Cathedral is “to reclaim Christianity as a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion and relentless compassion.” On Sunday, Paul will bring his powerful voice to the Cathedral with a sermon that highlights, in part, the service and sacrifice of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patriots. I was fortunate to preview the speech earlier this week, and it is an amazing tribute to those who serve our country.

If you cannot be in Dallas on Sunday, you can still watch Paul’s sermon. Come back to Frontlines beginning around noon that day, and click here for a link to his presentation online. And join all of us at SLDN in thanking Colonel Dodd, and the 1 million+ other LGBT veterans in our country, for their service this Memorial Day weekend.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

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