Okay. So. Hypothetically, let’s say that a business comes up with a model – a dating service targeting the Christian market, for example. They’re doing well – they become one of the largest dating services in the country using that model.
Now let’s say someone comes along and decides that they want to use this service. However, they don’t fit into the target. Wouldn’t the logical solution be to use another service? How about not giving the business to someone who can’t meet your needs?
No, clearly the logical solution there is to sue the company and force them to serve you, costing the taxpayers millions of dollars by using public legal representation, etc. This is akin to say, begging for a hamburger at Pizza Hut, and suing them until they start to supply hamburgers for everyone.
eHarmony was sued after not supplying same sex matches, and this week was forced to either allow same sex matches or create an equivalent site. They chose the latter.
Coming soon to EHarmony — Adam and Steve.
The Pasadena-based dating website, heavily promoted by Christian evangelical leaders when it was founded, has agreed in a civil rights settlement to give up its heterosexuals-only policy and offer same-sex matches.
EHarmony was started by psychologist Neil Clark Warren, who is known for his mild-mannered television and radio advertisements. It must not only implement the new policy by March 31 but also give the first 10,000 same-sex registrants a free six-month subscription.
“That was one of the things I asked for,” said Eric McKinley, 46, who complained to New Jersey’s Division on Civil Rights after being turned down for a subscription in 2005.
The company said that Warren was not giving interviews on the settlement. But attorney Theodore Olson, who issued a statement on the company’s behalf, made clear that it did not agree to offer gay matches willingly. “Even though we believed that the complaint resulted from an unfair characterization of our business,” Olson said, “we ultimately decided it was best to settle this case with the attorney general since litigation outcomes can be unpredictable.”
The settlement, which did not find that EHarmony broke any laws, calls for the company to either offer the gay matches on its current venue or create a new site for them. EHarmony has opted to create a site called Compatiblepartners.net.
Warren had said in past interviews that he didn’t want to feature same-sex services on EHarmony — which matches people based on long questionnaires concerning personality traits, relationship history and interests — because he felt he didn’t know enough about gay relationships.
I just don’t understand. Should heterosexuals sue the gay dating sites for discrimination and undermine their business? I wish eHarmony hadn’t submitted, but I understand why after witnessing the Prop 8 backlash. If the site cannot supply the service you need, go somewhere else. It’s that simple. How long until Muslims demand all the women wear head coverings on their eHarmony profiles? Check any Islamic dating site. Do they have same sex options? I did the research for you – the answer is no. Why are Christian sites expected to submit? So much for “equality”. I suppose tolerance is only required if you’re a minority.
This is almost as good as using taxpayer dollars to build transgender restrooms on college campuses.