My wife and I found each other on eHarmony about two and a half years ago. We have always recommended eHarmony to single friends. Despite that, it always bothered us that eHarmony had no matching service for homosexual couples. That is why I was delighted to read that eHarmony, under the terms of a law suit settlement, will be starting a new parallel website that will cater to same-sex couples. It's too bad that it took a law suit for this to happen, but it is good that they chose to end their homosexual discriminatory practices.
The official excuse of why eHarmony didn't provide same-sex matching consisted primarily of two big points...
- The matching algorithm developed for heterosexuals was never tested on homosexuals and may not work for same-sex couples.
- Since marriage for homosexuals is not legal in all 50 states, eHarmony's match-to-marriage ratio would plummet and eHarmony would no longer be able to brag about "the most marriages," etc.
I'm not sure how much of their prior refusal was due to those reasons and how much of it was due simply to bigotry. Despite that, I'm happy to see them change course and join the rest of us in the 21st century.