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eHarmony sued for excluding gays
« on: May 31, 2007, 06:28:43 PM »
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The popular online dating service eHarmony was sued on Thursday for refusing to offer its services to gays, lesbians and bisexuals.

A lawsuit alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Linda Carlson, who was denied access to eHarmony because she is gay.

Lawyers bringing the action said they believed it was the first lawsuit of its kind against eHarmony, which has long rankled the gay community with its failure to offer a "men seeking men" or "women seeking women" option.

They were seeking to make it a class action lawsuit on behalf of gays and lesbians denied access to the dating service.

eHarmony 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.

It has more than 12 million registered users, and heavy television advertising has made it one of the nation's biggest Internet dating sites.

Carlson, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area, tried to use the site's dating services in February 2007. When she was denied access, she wrote to eHarmony explaining its anti-gay policy was discriminatory under California law but the company refused to change it, according to the lawsuit.

"Such outright discrimination is hurtful and disappointing for a business open to the public in this day and age," she said.

eHarmony could not immediately be reached for comment. Commenting in the past on eHarmony's gay and lesbian policy, Warren has said that he does not know the dynamics of same-sex relationships but he expects the principles to be different.

"This lawsuit is 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," said Carlson lawyer Todd Schneider.

Carlson's lawyers expect a significant number of gays and lesbians to join the class action, which seeks to force eHarmony to end its policy and unspecified damages for those denied eHarmony services based on their sexual orientation.
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Still scratching my head over this. 

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Re: eHarmony sued for excluding gays
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2007, 06:37:31 PM »
What does the CA law say exactly?
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Re: eHarmony sued for excluding gays
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2007, 06:39:07 PM »
I'm not exactly sure, but I would think it would have to be pretty extreme to cover something like this.

The quote from Todd Schneider also seems to imply that any specific group has the "right" to find a mate/SO/whatnot on eHarmony...
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Re: eHarmony sued for excluding gays
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2007, 06:40:12 PM »
::awaits Rearden's offensive commentary::
J, if you didn't bring enough penis for everyone, you shouldn't have brought any penis at all. 

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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2007, 06:41:38 PM »
I'm not exactly sure, but I would think it would have to be pretty extreme to cover something like this.

The quote from Todd Schneider also seems to imply that any specific group has the "right" to find a mate/SO/whatnot on eHarmony...

It's interesting to think about whether different internet sites have to accomodate different state laws on issues like this.  It would make for a good LSAT RC passage. 
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Re: eHarmony sued for excluding gays
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2007, 06:43:44 PM »
I saw an ad on TV for another internet dating service advertising that it did not exclude anybody, unlike E-Harmony. I didn't know what they were talking about until now.

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Re: eHarmony sued for excluding gays
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2007, 07:00:45 PM »
And what about different dating sites/matchmaking services for different religions?
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Re: eHarmony sued for excluding gays
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2007, 07:07:20 PM »
::Wonders what any number of gay sites' policies on heterosexuals are::

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Re: eHarmony sued for excluding gays
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2007, 07:08:02 PM »
I saw an ad on TV for another internet dating service advertising that it did not exclude anybody, unlike E-Harmony. I didn't know what they were talking about until now.

It's Chemistry.com....apparently eHarmony or Match.com or one of those will tell 20% of all people, straight or gay, they can't be matched with anyone.

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Re: eHarmony sued for excluding gays
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2007, 07:08:26 PM »
::Wonders what any number of gay sites' policies on heterosexuals are::

Something tells me that gay.com doesn't offer matchmaking for straight people...
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