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REUTERS/ screenshot of e Harmony.com, taken on May 31, 2007.
REUTERS/ lawsuit alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Linda Carlson, who was denied access to e Harmony because she is gay.
I want it to be more harmonious.”So basically, this guy acknowledges that fellow Christians are the ones who threatened his company and his well-being…
The online dating site has reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by gays and lesbians who said the service discriminated against them.
As a result of the settlement agreement, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court and pending approval by a judge, EHarmony will now add a “gay and lesbian dating” category to its main website that will direct users to Compatible Partners.
Bisexual users will also be able to access both websites for one fee.
Carlson’s lawyer Todd Schneider said the lawsuit was “about changing the landscape and making a statement out there that gay people, just like heterosexuals, have the right and desire to meet other people with whom they can fall in love.” Carlson’s lawyers expect a significant number of gays and lesbians to join the class action, which seeks to force e Harmony to end its policy as well as unspecified damages for those denied e Harmony services based on their sexual orientation.
Bisexuals had to pay two subscription fees to have access to both sexes. that the change hurt his company — but not because it was a bad business move. It has really damaged our company,” Warren said, “and when the attorney general of the state of New Jersey decided that we had to put up a same-sex site and we did it out of counsel that if we didn’t do it we were not going to have any business in New Jersey — we literally had to hire guards to protect our lives because the people were so hurt and angry with us, were Christian people, who feel that it’s a violation to scripture.“I have said that e Harmony really ought to put up million and ask other companies to put up money and do a really first class job of figuring out homosexuality.
e Harmony was founded in 2000 by evangelical Christian Dr.
Neil Clark Warren and had strong early ties with the influential religious conservative group Focus on the Family.
“The research that e Harmony has developed, through years of research, to match couples has been based on traits and personality patterns of successful heterosexual marriages,” it said in a statement.
“Nothing precludes us from providing same-sex matching in the future.
A screenshot of e Harmony.com, taken on May 31, 2007.