NEW YORK (Reuters) – Online dating service eHarmony has agreed to create a new website for gays and lesbians as part of a settlement with a gay man in New Jersey, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General said on Wednesday.
The website will provide a dating service with "male seeking a male" or "female seeking a female" options, the Attorney General's office said in a statement.
eHarmony said it will launch the new same-sex dating site, named "Compatible Partners," by March 31.
The settlement was the result of a discrimination complaint filed by Eric McKinley against eHarmony in 2005, which will be dismissed under the settlement agreement.
eHarmony was founded in 2000 by evangelical Christian Dr. Neil Clark Warren and had ties with the influential religious conservative group Focus on the Family.
The New Jersey complaint is not the only legal action to be brought against eHarmony for failing to provide a same-sex option.
Oh, puhleez. Regardless of what excuses and misanalogies the militant gay rights activists come up with (they're just homophobic evangelicals, can't deny me burger at McD's cuz I'm gay), anyone can see this is as silly as demanding the eucharist at a mosque, or as Michelle Malkin put it, asking for steaks at a vegetarian restaurant. Maybe straight-oriented adult entertainment websites and clubs will now also be forced to cater to the gay community? Come on! eHarmony's a private business, it has a particular business model it's good at, and now it have been arm-twisted into overhauling to accomodate the sensitivities of the oversensitive. Does McKinley think he's helping convince straight people to support more reasonable gay rights on issues like Prop 8 with frivolous and logic-defying torts like this? His auxiliary list of demands is even sillier, by the way. The only silver lining is that a few gay folks have sensibly voiced dissent at these unproductive scare tactics.