E-Harmony Becomes Harmonious with Queers

E-Harmony Becomes Harmonious with Queers

There are 57 comments on the queersunited.blogspot.com story from Nov 19, 2008, titled E-Harmony Becomes Harmonious with Queers. In it, queersunited.blogspot.com reports that:

Harmony has not been providing matchmaking services to gays and lesbians on account of its "christian values" but now forced to by court order in NJ.

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“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#1 Nov 19, 2008
I can just see Fred Phelps and his merry band of WBC whackos protetsing outside their headquarters next year.

LOL

“Equality for all!”

Since: Jul 08

Bedford, Texas

#2 Nov 19, 2008
Aww, this might actually be good for them, as now they will receive money from gays seeking the same thing as straights: healthy monogamous relationships.
Robert AZ

Tempe, AZ

#3 Nov 19, 2008
I think this is great. Maybe we should inundate the court system with discrimination suits...even the most trivial...to show the serious inequities in this country. I mean...the Hate Mongers do it...we should too.

Since: Jul 07

United States

#4 Nov 19, 2008
Interesting that they settled when they realized they were going to be investigated.

I for one think this is silly and I would never use them if I had a need. If they don't want my money....screw em.

“Not now, not 2012, not EVER!”

Since: Sep 08

Jasper, AL

#5 Nov 19, 2008
It is good that they are forced to treat us equally but I wish that someone would come up with a similar site specifically for gay people. I hate that they are possibly going to get money from gays after they rejected us.

I say, force them to comply but don't use their homophobic service. Some entrepreneurial queer should come up with "qHarmony".

“equality for ALL means ALL”

Since: Jan 07

Fort Lauderdale FL

#6 Nov 19, 2008
From the article: "Too bad it took a court order to force them to expand their dating service to include gays and lesbians."

Indeed.

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#7 Nov 19, 2008
im gonna sign up for a free account and show gays exist, but wont buy a membership.
nina

Ottawa, Canada

#8 Nov 19, 2008
so, they will accept gay and lesbian clients

and then fail to find matches for them

and claim they aren't discriminating because they accepted them as clients

and maintain it's not their area of expertise
S Hanna

United States

#9 Nov 19, 2008
I don't want anything to do with them. If the GLBT community wasn't part of their original vision, I don't want to be factored in later. I'll save my money for a site that wants me AND my potential match to be happy - not just gay!
verad

Austin, TX

#10 Nov 19, 2008
nina wrote:
so, they will accept gay and lesbian clients
and then fail to find matches for them
and claim they aren't discriminating because they accepted them as clients
and maintain it's not their area of expertise
that is probably exactly what they are going to do. that would be oh-so-typical.
nina

Ottawa, Canada

#11 Nov 19, 2008
S Hanna wrote:
I don't want anything to do with them. If the GLBT community wasn't part of their original vision, I don't want to be factored in later. I'll save my money for a site that wants me AND my potential match to be happy - not just gay!
I'd rather support a gay run matching service too

“Free to buy cake”

Since: Jul 07

wherever I like.

#12 Nov 19, 2008
Given that it took a court order, I'd have nothing to do with them.

“Brains: Use 'em or lose 'em”

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#13 Nov 19, 2008
The good news is that the gay community can now boycott them. Go to Chemistry.com if that's the sort of thing you're looking for, or some other service that didn't have to be forced. Screw e-harmony and their "christian values".
Paulathesurfmom

Mason, OH

#14 Nov 19, 2008
OMG there is justice
Call me what you will

Atlanta, GA

#15 Nov 19, 2008
I suggest that none of us use their service for as many years into the future as they have existed until now. Why should any of us stoop so low as to give them one cent?

This would probably be the only time that I concur with "SaveUsFromGOP" who answered above, although he seems to like the Palin woman, whom I cannot stand.
nina

Ottawa, Canada

#16 Nov 19, 2008
besides, their claim to being more able to make matches better than anyone else is dubious
sfalan

San Jose, CA

#17 Nov 19, 2008
SaveUsFromGOP wrote:
It is good that they are forced to treat us equally but I wish that someone would come up with a similar site specifically for gay people. I hate that they are possibly going to get money from gays after they rejected us.
I say, force them to comply but don't use their homophobic service. Some entrepreneurial queer should come up with "qHarmony".
Try mypartner.com it's a great gay dating site.
Merry Man

Batavia, NY

#18 Nov 19, 2008
Besides, the guy who does the E Harmony commercials is way too creepy.

“Created Equal”

Since: Feb 08

USA

#19 Nov 19, 2008
eHarmony was founded by a "Christian Businessman." For years, eHarmony has ignored the boycotts, ignored the letter-writing and email writing campaigns. Their position was that LGBT people had their own dating websites, and their system was only set-up to handle heterosexual match-ups. They argued that if, in addition to man-woman pairings, they had to also set-up additional systems for man & man pairings, woman & woman parings, male-to-female transsexual & male pairings, male-to female transsexual & female pairings, female-to-male transsexual & female pairings, female-to-male transsexual & male pairings, male-to-female transsexual & female to male transsexual pairings, male-to-female transsexual & male-to-female transsexual pairings, female-to-male transsexual & female to male transsexual pairings, and then all of the above with bisexuals too... well, that would increase thir operational overhead beyond belief in order to cater to what they considered a very small percentage of the population, and so would not be cost effective.

The truth is, they were simply discriminating against everyone but heterosexuals because the owners of the company had religious objections to LGBT people. They still do.

I think this court order sends a worthwhile message to businesses who openly discriminate against LGBT people, but I can't figure out, for the life of me, why any self-respecting gay person would actually WANT to do business with them, knowing that they are only letting you in the door because of a court order.

Would you attend a church that only allowed you to be a part of the congregation because of a court order? Not on your life, partner!

As far as I'm concerned, the boycott is still on. It would take a pretty big apology to get me to reconsider, and even then, I'd still be tempted to say, "No good. I asked nicely before, and you told me to get lost, so you can just forget about ever getting one thin dime out of me. You had your chance, and you blew it."

nina

Ottawa, Canada

#20 Nov 19, 2008
ScottyMatic wrote:
...They argued that if, in addition to man-woman pairings, they had to also set-up additional systems for man & man pairings, woman & woman parings, male-to-female transsexual & male pairings,....
the funny thing is that all they need to do is add a gender drop down for "I am" and "I am seeking"

none of the rest of the questions would have to be different

nor would the process

oh wait, I forget that we are an alien species set among the humand with black ichor for blood and no emotions, just sex hormones coursing through us

d'oh

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