It appears that eHarmony now has to put up a gay matching site in the wake of a lawsuit from a homosexual who felt that they were discriminating against him. Apparently, all of those eHarmony commercials he saw on TV of smiling, heterosexual couples made him want to join the fun.
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.”
By the way, Mr. McKinley thought the ruling was “fabulous.” (I couldn’t resist)
I would sympathize with, and even support the protest of a gay man or a lesbian who was discriminated against by a general business or service provider, such as a restaurant, store, or hospital that refused them service. But for the life of me I don’t see how a dating site catering to heterosexual couples constitutes discrimination. It’s a specialty service; in a facet of life as complex as romantic relationships, one size does not fit all. Would you sue your dentist for not giving you an ear, nose, and throat exam? Would you sue McDonald’s for not offering pizza?
I would assume that the web is crawling with gay/lesbian dating sites (I aint about to go looking for them though). Did it occur to Mr. McKinley to try one of those? No, he decided to sue a private business that doesn’t draw one penny from the government because they didn’t realize that it’s about him too. And by the way, eHarmony had to pay him $5000 as part of the settlement. Talk about money for nothing.