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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