eHarmony to create same-sex service, settling complaint

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    Nov 20, 2008 4:05 AM GMT
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    Move settles New Jersey complaint alleging discrimination by eHarmony

    Online dating company agrees to launch same-sex service by March 31

    New service to be called Compatible Partners

    Under the settlement's terms, eHarmony will post photos of successful same-sex couple matches on the company's Web site and in promotional material. The company has also agreed to revise statements on its Web sites, handbooks and other publications to indicate that it does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.


    http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/11/19/eharmony.same.sex.matches/index.html
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:12 AM GMT
    hey! you stole my thread!! but i love you dearly anyway! icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:20 AM GMT
    funny pictures
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:42 AM GMT
    Same-sex marriage is banned in California but we get a gay version of eHarmony? icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:46 AM GMT
    dowal saidSame-sex marriage is banned in California but we get a gay version of eHarmony? icon_sad.gif



    Now what! Ok you gays can have some of eHarmony too! Isn't that good enough?! Next you'll be wanting to say that someone kicking your ass on the basis of your sexual orientation is against the law or something!
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:54 AM GMT
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    dowal saidSame-sex marriage is banned in California but we get a gay version of eHarmony? icon_sad.gif



    Now what! Ok you gays can have some of eHarmony too! Isn't that good enough?! Next you'll be wanting to say that someone kicking your ass on the basis of your sexual orientation is against the law or something!


    It's not like that at all. We just want equality under the law so that we can kick straight people's asses in peace. Is that too much to ask?
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:58 AM GMT
    That sounds a lot like the court settlement that was supposed to require A&F to start catering to (and hiring) fat ugly girls. I don't live anywhere near a mall, so I don't know... how did that work out?
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    Nov 20, 2008 5:26 AM GMT
    dowal said
    SinNombre said
    dowal saidSame-sex marriage is banned in California but we get a gay version of eHarmony? icon_sad.gif



    Now what! Ok you gays can have some of eHarmony too! Isn't that good enough?! Next you'll be wanting to say that someone kicking your ass on the basis of your sexual orientation is against the law or something!


    It's not like that at all. We just want equality under the law so that we can kick straight people's asses in peace. Is that too much to ask?


    Hahaha.
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    Nov 20, 2008 5:46 AM GMT
    lol They weren't very creative with the name: Compatible Partners. Strange that they wouldn't just adopt the same name eHarmony. It's almost as if they're trying to distance it from the other name.
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    Nov 20, 2008 5:51 AM GMT
    thatguythere saidlol They weren't very creative with the name: Compatible Partners. Strange that they wouldn't just adopt the same name eHarmony. It's almost as if they're trying to distance it from the other name.


    Yeah noticed that too. A little separate but equal action going on there.
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    Nov 20, 2008 5:53 AM GMT
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    thatguythere saidlol They weren't very creative with the name: Compatible Partners. Strange that they wouldn't just adopt the same name eHarmony. It's almost as if they're trying to distance it from the other name.


    Yeah noticed that too. A little separate but equal action going on there.


    Yeah...makes me wonder where they picked their focus group from to discuss that name. Maybe their group consisted of those Focus on the Family people that just got laid off.
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    Nov 20, 2008 12:41 PM GMT
    Yuck! Who'd want to use their new separate site? I'm imagining closeted self-loathing homosexuals of a certain political stripe. We'll need a report on that in 2009.
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    Nov 20, 2008 1:12 PM GMT
    dowal saidSame-sex marriage is banned in California but we get a gay version of eHarmony? icon_sad.gif


    I guess you gotta meet the guy/love of your life before you can marry him. eHarmony knows how to get things started. haha.
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    Nov 20, 2008 1:34 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidThat sounds a lot like the court settlement that was supposed to require A&F to start catering to (and hiring) fat ugly girls. I don't live anywhere near a mall, so I don't know... how did that work out?


    They now sell a nice selection of scarves and handbags for the fat ugly girls to buy.
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    Nov 20, 2008 1:55 PM GMT
    I personally believe that no business should be forced to cater a demographic they don't want to.
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    Nov 20, 2008 2:03 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidI personally believe that no business should be forced to cater a demographic they don't want to.


    I hope no one uses it and stick to sites that never discriminated.
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    Nov 20, 2008 2:04 PM GMT
    UGH! I for one never cared for the site. Just because they are forced o comply doesn't mean we will get the same quality of service.

    There some things like this service were you just have to say oh well!
    Do what you do...and I'm not mad at you.

    As many dating sites that we have, we fight the get on this eHarmony eh!
    I have never had a problem with the site just being for heterosexuals none at all.

    It would be diffrent if there weren't any sites for us at all. icon_rolleyes.gif
    I would really like to get a peak at the terms of the settlement agreement.
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    Nov 20, 2008 2:06 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidI personally believe that no business should be forced to cater a demographic they don't want to.

    So businesses should be able to say "No Blacks Allowed"?
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    Nov 20, 2008 2:34 PM GMT
    Isn't E-Harmony the company with *less than attractive* people in their ads? Aren't those same ads targeted on SNL under the topic *Lowered Expectations*? Why would anyone of us seek out this company in search of attractive guys - or girls - if that is not the kind of clientele E-Harmony represents? I want nothing to do with anyone who has to be forced by court order to be civil to us.
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    Nov 20, 2008 2:35 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidIsn't E-Harmony the company with *less than attractive* people in their ads? Aren't those same ads targeted on SNL under the topic *Lowered Expectations*? Why would anyone of us seek out this company in search of attractive guys, when they apparently don't cater to attractive candidates?


    I'm shocked at that since I never really cared for E-Harmony. They didn't have that many wowing pics. Also "Lowered Expectations" was a Mad TV sketch that was really funny. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 20, 2008 2:36 PM GMT
    Calson,

    "Jim Crow Laws" and eHarmony are not even close to be the same thing.
    Since when have the creater of eharmony did this:

    Turned a fire hose on gays, let loose attack dogs or tarred and feather a gays. This is what would happen when African Americans dared to cross the line.

    "No Blacks allowed" was interwoven within " Jim Crow Laws created after the civil war and well into the early to mid 60's. It was called separte but equal, it was more like separte and totally "UNEQUAL".
    You really can't compare them to each other.
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    Nov 20, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    Caslon7000 said
    Timberoo saidI personally believe that no business should be forced to cater a demographic they don't want to.

    So businesses should be able to say "No Blacks Allowed"?


    No. But that's not the same thing.

    If a restaurant refuses to serve a black person, that is discrimination. If a black person goes into a restaurant and orders something that isn't on the menu, and the restaurant says they don't serve that, that is not discrimination.

    If an opposite-sex dating site refuses to allow a gay person to sign up, that is discrimination. If an opposite-sex dating site does not offer to match up people of the same sex, that is not discrimination.
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    Nov 20, 2008 2:46 PM GMT
    joggerva saidIf an opposite-sex dating site refuses to allow a gay person to sign up, that is discrimination.


    Oh crap, that's exactly what they did - wasn't it? Ugh, I'm still not ecstatic about this news. This is exactly the type of lawsuit that adds fuel to the "churches will be forced to perform same-sex marriages" argument that we are trying to negate.
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    Nov 20, 2008 2:47 PM GMT



    Let's see..... business not allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Voila, we have the discriminated against demographic on here complaining about that.

    Ok, we're confused.
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    Nov 20, 2008 2:51 PM GMT
    I signed up for Chemistry.com and went through all the gay folks who'd signed up as well with no luck. I responded to like 30 ads, but no one ever replied. I got the distinct impression that no one was even looking at their email.

    I was like...I'm paying $50/month to be ignored? So, I went back to free sites to try and network up a connection.

    These sites sound like a good idea, but for the price, they're not worth it unless everyone is participating.