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The Stupidest Thing I’ve Heard This Week

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.

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4 Responses

  1. David B says:

    If this is the dumbest thing you’ve heard this week, here’s a vote for the second-dumbest: that belief by supporters of gay marriage that homosexual rights are THE civil rights issue of our generation.

    I found it interesting the ‘disappointment’ by the elite left in the black churches in California for their willingness to take a stand against on this issue. “Why, they know better the evils of discrimination than anybody…why would they back Proposition 8?”

    The great difference, of course, is that most Christians believe homosexuality to be a choice to sin, while on the other hand we have realized that there is nothing inherently wrong with being born a particular skin color. But it will be interesting to see if 90% of Americans 40 years from now are OK with the acceptance of gay marriage in the same way that 90+% of Americans are now OK with basic civil rights for people of all colors 40 years after the ‘real’ civil rights movement.

    The answer, IMHO, is yes.

  2. Roland says:

    Great post Odgie. I agree.

    Every notice how it only swings one way (no pun intended)? There are women’s only gyms. In many cities you must run a smoke free establishment. You can’t drink until you are 21 yet try to take a drivers license away from a 80 year old and the AARP will crack down on you. There are far too many examples like this that are never persued.

  3. odgie says:

    Dave – you are probably right, except I don’t think it will take that long.

    Roland – I know you didn’t intend the pun, but I reserve the right to laugh about it.

    And all of the cases that you cited (except for smoking) fall under the heading of “protected classes.” I don’t deny that certain classes in our society are at greater risk of being discriminated against, but in our rush to protect them we have instated laws that promote priviledge rather than equality. Its the mass equivalent of cutting off our nose to spite our face, and the result is instances like the subject of this post and the examples you cited.

  4. Matthew says:

    This is sad. It is like hot coffee at McD.

    http://www.matthewmorine.com

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