E-Harmony CEO: We're getting death threats from Angry Christians. This is YOUR fault, LGBTs!

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    Feb 13, 2013 2:53 PM GMT
    From an interview with Yahoo Finance and CNBC.

    http://www.towleroad.com/2013/02/warren.html

    E-Harmony CEO Neil Clark Warren"I think this issue of same-sex marriage within the next 5 to 15 years will be no issue any more. We've made too much of it. I'm tired of it. It has really damaged our company. When the attorney general of the state of NJ decided that we had to put up a same-sex site, and we did it, we literally had to hire guards to protect our lives because the people who were so hurt and angry with us were Christian people who feel that it's a violation to Scripture.


    Hurt and angry? awwwww. Cue the violins. Your made-up Internet website is a violation to Scripture? okayplayer.

    This same fool."E-Harmony really ought to put up $10 million, and ask other companies to put up money, and do a really first-class job of figuring out homosexuality. At the very best, it's been a painful way for a lot of people to have to live.


    Painful? Try lube, man! icon_lol.gif

    Throwing money to "figure out" homosexuality? Why has noone thought of this before? #GOP #Vatican
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    Feb 13, 2013 4:14 PM GMT


    "When the attorney general of the state of NJ decided that we had to put up a same-sex site, and we did it, we literally had to hire guards to protect our lives because the people who were so hurt and angry with us were Christian people who feel that it's a violation to Scripture."

    *states the giant obvious*

    ...erm, so how are these people threatening EHarmony staff being christian, exactly?
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    Feb 13, 2013 4:29 PM GMT
    Bill's wondering; aren't death threats a violation of scripture? icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 13, 2013 4:38 PM GMT
    E-Harmony is just another worthless internet dating site scamming people for money. All he is doing looking to blame poor sales on gays and at the same time trying to lure xristians to join by blaming having to serve the gay community on a liberal government so he can line his pockets with money and become richer. Let's face it, there are a lot of fucking ugly, prude, under-sexed, homphobic, introverted, virgin xristians out there that don't have the slightest idea of how get a date and he is looking to cash in on that.
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    Feb 13, 2013 4:42 PM GMT
    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2008-12-12/news/36870076_1_eharmony-compatible-partners-gay-users

    WashPo, December 2008It was the stories that got to Eric McKinley. Stories of happy couples who were totally compatible, completely in love.

    "Who wouldn't want that?" McKinley thought when he decided to sign up for eHarmony, hoping to become another swooning success story.

    Which is not quite how it turned out.

    McKinley is gay, and eHarmony (founded by a conservative Christian) doesn't accept gay and lesbian customers. The rejection led McKinley, of New Jersey, to file a civil rights complaint, which turned into a high-profile lawsuit. Last month, he won.

    EHarmony settled the case and agreed to set up an alternative site catering to gay and lesbian clients. Moreover, they pledged to spend big ad dollars promoting the service, called Compatible Partners, and to give the first 10,000 users six months of free membership.

    At first blush, it might seem the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender community would boycott a business that boycotted them for so long. But there's no dominant player among relationship-minded online dating sites for gay and lesbians, so eHarmony might come out the big winner.

    "This is going to end up making them a lot of money, and I think they'll be asking themselves why they didn't do this sooner," predicts Joe Tracy, editor of Online Dating Magazine.


    Four years later... anybody meet on this thing...

    http://www.compatiblepartners.net/success

    ...or even heard of it? Way to sell your product, Mr. Clark!

    No judge ever said he "had to" create that site, only that he had to offer services that are not exclusive to LGBTs in order to operate in New Joisey,

    Of course, the "separate-but-equal" path Clark voluntarily chose caused obvious problems too.

    http://mashable.com/2010/01/28/eharmony-lawsuit/

    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREDating site eHarmony has settled a lawsuit in California by agreeing to end the separation of its homosexual and heterosexual matchmaking services.

    eHarmony agreed to open a site for gay and lesbian customers after another lawsuit in 2008, but it did not cross-promote or even link between the two sites, and it kept subscriptions separate.

    A gay man from New Jersey named Eric McKinley filed suit against eHarmony in 2008 for not offering matchmaking for gays and lesbians. eHarmony settled by agreeing to launch a service for gay and lesbian customers called Compatible Partners. eHarmony's launch of Compatible Partners was called a "shotgun wedding" by the Los Angeles Times, though. There wasn't even a link to Compatible Partners at eharmony.com.

    Furthermore, Compatible Partners had a completely different subscription system. Bisexuals had to pay two subscription fees to have access to both sexes.

    The newer lawsuit was settled in California yesterday. eHarmony will add its name to Compatible Partners, link it from the main eHarmony website alongside its Jewish, black, Christian and senior portals, and unify subscriptions. The company will also pay out $500,000 to around 150 Californians to settle. That's in addition to the $1.5 million it has spent defending itself in court.


    All that, and now he wants to spend more money "figuring out" "painful" homosexuality? All that effort to insulate the heteros, Mr. Clark, and you're getting death threats from WHO?
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    Feb 13, 2013 4:57 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidAll he is doing looking to blame poor sales on gays and at the same time trying to lure xristians to join by blaming having to serve the gay community on a liberal government so he can line his pockets with money and become richer. Let's face it, there are a lot of fucking ugly, prude, under-sexed, homphobic, introverted, virgin xristians out there that don't have the slightest idea of how get a date and he is looking to cash in on that.


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    Feb 13, 2013 5:37 PM GMT
    In fairness (although I think it's largely a crock of hooey), when eHarmony says they need to "figure out" homosexuality, they are referring to developing a "compatibility algorithm" like their secret formula that allegedly works for heterosexuals.

    That is, they claim that they would have to invest in a large amount of R&D to make their service "really work" for homosexuals.
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    Feb 13, 2013 5:46 PM GMT
    eHarmony doesn't let gay people on their site. So in response to the controversy about that, they put up a separate site called "Compatible Partners" where gay people can go. But gay people still aren't allowed on eHarmony, the dating site that is advertised on TV. So what was the point of that shit? If eHarmony can't deal with being in the 21st century and allowing gay people into their site they should just close down already.
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    Feb 13, 2013 5:46 PM GMT
    Figuring out homosexuality? Painful way to live? Security guards?

    So much stupid....

    So little time.....

    But in effort to figure out his stupidity I will say this if the people who are attacking him over a website are attacking him not because it was a website about bringing down our military or executing kittens but allowing lonely gay souls to find one another call themselves Christians they are clearly lying. There is nothing 'Christian' about that. Sometimes I wonder if this fictional character we call Jesus had a twin brother named Smitty who talked about killing people who disagreed with you and overtaking the government with religious issues because if not they are not following Christ at all.
  • groundcombat

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    Feb 13, 2013 6:58 PM GMT
    Well in fairness I was disappointed with the result when they made eHarmony open a gay site. Seemed to be a result that would serve no one well.
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    Feb 13, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
    oops..... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 13, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidE-Harmony is just another worthless internet dating site scamming people for money. All he is doing looking to blame poor sales on gays and at the same time trying to lure xristians to join by blaming having to serve the gay community on a liberal government so he can line his pockets with money and become richer. Let's face it, there are a lot of fucking ugly, prude, under-sexed, homphobic, introverted, virgin xristians out there that don't have the slightest idea of how get a date and he is looking to cash in on that.


    Best response hands down. SO true. Could not agree more with you.
  • StevieB0402

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    Feb 13, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    Why should the gay community accept any responsibility? The conservative position is more personal responsibility so why not lay the blame for death threats on the people atually making the threats?
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    Feb 13, 2013 7:12 PM GMT
    StevieB0402 saidWhy should the gay community accept any responsibility? The conservative position is more personal responsibility so why not lay the blame for death threats on the people atually making the threats?


    The LGBTs shouldn't, but the Christians should. If they were threatened to the point where security was necessary, they're responsible. This knee-jerk reaction is just a symptom of exhaustion from dealing with these people.
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    Feb 13, 2013 7:25 PM GMT
    They had to hire guards to protect their lives? From Christians? Because it violated scripture? Apparently, it's ok to violate scripture to serve bodily harm to others, but not ok to allow gays the right to look for partners on eHarmony...

    Well, I know my mission for tonight. Put up a profile on Christian Mingle where I openly try looking for a same sex partner. Time to take them down too.
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    Feb 13, 2013 7:58 PM GMT
    I thought Christians were supposed to be against online dating...
    On a side note Westboro Mingle is now up! http://westboromingle.com/
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    Feb 13, 2013 8:26 PM GMT
    Fuck him. And fuck Yahoo for featuring him. They can both go fuck themselves.
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    Feb 13, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidIn fairness (although I think it's largely a crock of hooey), when eHarmony says they need to "figure out" homosexuality, they are referring to developing a "compatibility algorithm" like their secret formula that allegedly works for heterosexuals.

    That is, they claim that they would have to invest in a large amount of R&D to make their service "really work" for homosexuals.


    The CEO's "painful way to live" comment doesn't exactly help him to "figure it out" anytime soon, not with new, live subjects anyway. "Pay us money, you pained bastards, and we'll find a match for you at Compatible Partners dot com!"

    Not giving him the benefit of the doubt, but could the "painful way for a lot of people to have to live" been uttered in the context of eHarmony employees ducking the fiery pitchforks of angry Xtianists? I'd imagine he'd have said "painful way to work" instead, assuming he's not paying for security of employees at home.

    Excellent link, by the way! The NYT article does give a glimpse behind the curtain into what eHarmony's framework is for matchmaking in general, although not explicitly for LGBT persons.
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    Feb 13, 2013 8:31 PM GMT
    I'll never understand why bigots waste so much time worrying about what we do in our bedrooms and on our computers. If they are disgusted by us, why obsess about us?
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    Feb 13, 2013 8:31 PM GMT
    meninlove said Bill's wondering; aren't death threats a violation of scripture? icon_lol.gif


    Abortion providers are smh'ing at this, too!
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    Feb 13, 2013 8:33 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    "When the attorney general of the state of NJ decided that we had to put up a same-sex site, and we did it, we literally had to hire guards to protect our lives because the people who were so hurt and angry with us were Christian people who feel that it's a violation to Scripture."

    *states the giant obvious*

    ...erm, so how are these people threatening EHarmony staff being christian, exactly?


    Exactly...how are these alleged Christians following the teachings of Jesus?
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    Feb 13, 2013 8:35 PM GMT
    I don't suppose it would ever occur to the E-Harmony CEO that the problem is with fanatical Christians who are making criminal threats of harm, rather than with the non-violent LGBT who are merely asking for their civil rights?

    No, that wouldn't occur to him. Because his personal allegiance in this matter has been exposed rather convincingly. icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 13, 2013 8:36 PM GMT
    I noticed a commercial last night for Christianmingle.com , the commercial claims that they have 7 million members (sidenote: the NRA only has 4 million). So maybe this is what's really bothering E-Harmony. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 13, 2013 8:40 PM GMT
    dudewithabeard saidI noticed a commercial last night for Christianmingle.com , the commercial claims that they have 7 million members (sidenote: the NRA only has 4 million). So maybe this is what's really bothering E-Harmony. icon_lol.gif

    On a side note, I wonder if someone should start a gay counterpart to ChristianMingle? Maybe call it ChristianDangle? Nevermind... icon_redface.gif
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    Feb 13, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    Its only a painful way to live because of "angry" people who make it an issue for themselves.

    If they just released and accepted, we'd all get on with our lives quite happily thanks.