Instead of sueing eHarmony, why not use a gay matchmaking service, or match.com?
Also, how is sueing an online dating service harmful to Hhristians?
11/21/2008 9:02:12 PM
That is kind of ridiculous, they don't have to offer that service, I'm sure there are other places out there. I mean, this is the Internet.
11/21/2008 9:07:13 PM
Don't worry, dude, they don't want to sleep with you.
11/21/2008 9:07:22 PM
Well, I can see it. By refusing to offer services to homosexuals, they were effectively practicing discrimination and refusing to sell their services to that particular demographic. It would be equivalent to a business like eBay refusing to let blacks sell their stuff on the site.
It relates to Christianity because eHarmony was founded by a fundamentalist Christian, who specifically set up the site to only permit men to look for women, or women to look for men - no gays need apply. The site's founder pretty much openly stated that he intended it to further Christian relationship values.
11/21/2008 9:10:24 PM
The suit was actually filed in 2005.
As a gay man I didn't get it either, they don't want me, I don't want them. But apparently it is a violation of State laws against discrimination. I still won't use their service.
Regardless, how is this 'horrible to Christians'? And did you just say 'shenanigans'?
11/21/2008 9:11:44 PM
I can understand this one because the founder of eHarmony is a Christian and the service is a private company. As such, they should be allowed to offer or exclude whatever services they choose. If they choose not to offer dating connections for homosexuals, so be it.
This is one case of the minority dictating to the majority.
11/21/2008 9:12:58 PM
And the Jews were horrible to the Nazis.
11/21/2008 9:13:51 PM
@Will: I believe eHarmony is run by Christians that use their faith as a guiding principle, though they don't have any specific religious requirements for use of service.
11/21/2008 9:15:24 PM
Minori, you have no right to declare shenanigans. You didn't even do it right. I call shenanigans on your use of the word shenanigans.
11/21/2008 9:16:22 PM
"I used to be cool with the gay rights movement until they started demanding rights for gays."
11/21/2008 9:16:36 PM
Cue the pie chart please.
11/21/2008 9:25:40 PM
I have my issues with that suit, but as far as Christians are concerned, there's the minor detail of Romans 13:1-5, which doesn't have an exception for anti-discrimination laws.
11/21/2008 9:29:28 PM
Shenanigans? So gay people are like Dennis the Menace?
11/21/2008 9:38:51 PM
The newest excuse: I'm not a bigot, I just want to strip away every right of theirs i can because of all these crazy protests/lawsuits!
11/21/2008 9:43:33 PM
I would be willing to bet that you have never been "pretty cool" with the gay rights movement.
11/21/2008 9:50:58 PM
I am pro gay rights and found this offensive. So they don't cater to your group..so what? Guess what e-Harmony kicks about 20% of HETERO applicants.
This is like going to a book store and if they don't have any books you like, suing them. No one is saying you cannot have gay dating services, it is just that this particular service did not cater to gays.
I think our society is getting WAY too sue happy.
11/21/2008 10:05:25 PM
Tits or GTFO.
11/21/2008 10:10:42 PM
I just see a lawsuit for ripping off some money.
11/21/2008 10:51:27 PM
Although those people have no right to sue eHarmony for this, how is it any different from the millions of other frivolous lawsuits that straight people file every year?
As for the bitching about the gay rights movement... This isn't part of the gay rights movement, because having an internet matchmaking service cater to your sexual preference isn't a right or civil liberty.
11/21/2008 10:56:53 PM
They've been nothing short of horrible to Christians!!
Poor dear, how you must have suffered.
Though overall I agree that if it's a private company, they can restrict their clientele to only the most avid self-flagellators, for all anyone should care.
11/21/2008 11:05:07 PM
The Lazy One
I didn't submit this because of the feeling that the suit was ridiculous- I think that it is a stupid lawsuit. eHarmony could only want to match people who like playing Ping-Pong on the roof for all I care. I submitted this because of the "Oh teh noes we're being oppressed" mentality Minori has.
Sorry- I didn't really mention that in my background comment.
11/21/2008 11:18:22 PM
Although I consider myself liberal, I believe that eHarmony has every right to discriminate against whomever they wish, just as I have a right not to do business with them. In fact, I'd tell people not to do business with them because they discriminate against homosexuals; I think that's more effective than suing them. Maybe I'm incorrect.
That isn't to say I don't believe the poster of this garbage isn't batshit insane- they are clearly batshit insane.
11/21/2008 11:18:33 PM
Both parties here have a bad deed. The lawsuit is ridiculous and makes me a sad panda. And Minori with the persecution complex.
11/21/2008 11:19:08 PM
I kinda have to agree with conservativevoice on this one...however, screeching about this being anything more than a slight on Christianity, if any manner of attack at all is just ludicrous.
11/21/2008 11:20:54 PM
What self-respecting gay person would WANT that creepy old man matchmaking them? Unfortunately, there really aren't any good gay dating sites, just 'lots of creepy people posting photos for you to browse through'. It'd be nice if there was a gay equivalent to eharmony, created by someone who's spent years studying what makes same-sex couples tick.
11/21/2008 11:28:21 PM