Sunday, November 23, 2008

Lawsuit brought against discriminatory dating service  


For years, the dating service has been discriminating against those who seek companionship with someone of the same gender. When signing up for the service, there is no option for "men seeking men" or "women seeking women." even put out a commercial exposing it:

And thankfully... someone has finally brought a lawsuit against them for it. The person claimed that eHarmony violated his rights, to which eHarmony responded that the company's main goal is to promote marriage and "we don't really want to participate in something that's illegal."

Nice try.

The courts ruled in favor of the plaintiff, and eHarmony is now launching a separate website, Compatible Partners, that will be specifically for same-sex dating. Why they can't just offer more fucking options on their existing website is beyond me. But I suppose it's better than nothing.

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3 comments: to “ Lawsuit brought against discriminatory dating service

  • November 23, 2008 at 4:24 PM  

    Separate but equal, once again. What a load of bullshit.

  • November 24, 2008 at 5:26 PM  

    I don't think it's separate but equal... it isn't saying gay people should have a different dating website... I believe is for everyone. I think that eharmony was right in changing to be more inclusive... but there's nothing wrong with other sites including people who are traditionally rejected from places like eharmony.
    That being said, I don't really think much of dating services for anyone.. though if it works for you then awesome.

  • November 26, 2008 at 12:07 PM  

    All businesses target their audiences and don't try to be all things to all people. If there is a market for 'companion matching' then let someone fill that market. And just think about it for a moment, is a matchmaking service a 'right' for anyone? Why would it be? Marriage is not a right otherwise everyone spurned in love would be suing their ex. I, for one, would appreciate language that is more precise and less provocative.