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Gays Can’t Marry, But Lawsuit Makes eHarmony Let Them Date

They can’t get married.

eHarmony–founded in 2000 by Neil Clark Warren, a former dean at the Christian Fuller University–promises that the online dating service:

narrows the field from millions of candidates to a highly select group of singles that are compatible with you. Unlike other sites where you can post a picture and paragraph and then browse the profiles of other users, eHarmony does the matching for you based on 29 Dimensions(TM) of personality that are scientifically-based predictors of long-term relationship success.

But eHarmony didn’t include same-sex matches in their database until a New Jersey law suit forced them to do so. The discrimination suit was filed by Eric McKinley, 46, of Ocean County,  in March 2005 after trying to place a personal advertisement through the site:

I heard their advertisement that winter and thought ‘Hey, this could work for me. So I went to their website but couldn’t pass the initial screen. There was no option for man seeking man. It made me feel angry, mad, and sad. . . a whole range of emotions.

Still single, McKinley will receive $5,000 and free membership for a year to the new dating service, Compatible Partners. eHarmony will also pay $50,000 to the state Attorney General’s office to cover administrative expenses.  And the company agreed to provide ten thousand people seeking same-sex matchings with free subscriptions for six-months. McKinley said:

They’re going to make tons of money off of this.

Now if only those "compatible partners" could just get married….

[H/T Queers UnitedJoe.My.God ]

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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