The AP reports that as part of a settlement with New Jersey’s Civil Rights Division, online dating service eHarmony “will begin providing same-sex matches. … Under terms of the settlement, the company can create a new or differently named Web site for same-sex singles. The company can also post a disclaimer saying its compatibility-based matching system was developed from research of married heterosexual couples.”
Statement from Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality:
Until this settlement, eHarmony was more like eNeanderthal for it’s refusal to include the gay community. eHarmony was eDisharmony for being such a divisive force in shutting out so many Americans. Welcome, eHarmony, to the 21st century.
That said, if any couple, same-sex or opposite-sex, wants to save money in this economy by not using eHarmony, we at Garden State Equality are willing to volunteer to match up potential couples ourselves.
We have qualified matchmakers waiting. Among our members are same-sex couples who’ve been together for decades, and opposite sex-couples who’ve been together for decades. All of them know a thing or two about love, relationships, and the burning desire to be married.