Online dating service eHarmony said Wednesday it will launch a new Web site which caters to same-sex singles as part of a discrimination settlement with New Jersey's Civil Rights Division.
The settlement is the result of a complaint New Jersey resident Eric McKinley filed against the online matchmaker in 2005. McKinley, 46, said he was shocked when he tried to sign up for the dating site but couldn't get past the first screen because there was no option for men seeking men.
"It's very frustrating and it's very humiliating to think that other people can do it and I can't," he said. "And the only reason I can't is because I'm a gay man. That's very hurtful."
Neither the company nor its founder, Neil Clark Warren, acknowledged any liability. Under the settlement, eHarmony will pay New Jersey state division $50,000 to cover administrative costs and will pay McKinley $5,000.
"Hurtful" my ass. This was a clear attempt to force an immoral lifestyle choice down the throat of a not only Christian, but privately-owned dating service. There are probably hundreds of dating websites that cater to gays around the country, but McKinley went after eharmony because of its immense popularity, strict traditional beliefs and the likelihood that he'd find a liberal judge that'd vote in his favor. I'm almost certain that McKinley had the financial backing of gay rights "activists" before he filed suit and as this suit lagged in the courts eHarmony was undoubtedly forced to settle due to rising court fees probably effecting business. Indeed, another victory for the morally bankrupt "progressives".