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21792Re: [ExGDBd] Re: Case in point about inappropriate discrimination laws: eHarmony sued for excluding gays

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  • Thomas Morey
    Jun 3, 2007
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      Good theological insight, cgdone1!
      --- cgdone1 <cgdone1@...> wrote:

      > Hmmm, sounds a bit familiar to the story about Eve
      > in the garden
      > focusing on that one tree instead of all the other
      > trees surrounding
      > her. Some things never change--Satan hasn't come up
      > with anything
      > new.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > -- In exgaydiscussionboard@yahoogroups.com, Thomas
      > Morey
      > <moreytom@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Updated: 5:17 p.m. ET May 31, 2007
      > >
      > > eHarmony sued for excluding gays
      > > By Jill Serjeant
      > >
      > > LOS ANGELES - The popular online dating service
      > > eHarmony, the matchmaking site founded by
      > evangelical
      > > Christian Dr. Neil Clark Warren, was sued on
      > Thursday
      > > for refusing to offer its services to gays,
      > lesbians
      > > and bisexuals.
      > >
      > > Lawyers for Linda Carlson say they believe their
      > > discrimination suit is the first of its kind
      > against
      > > eHarmony, which has long rankled the gay community
      > for
      > > its failure to offer same-sex options. A lawsuit
      > > alleging discrimination based on sexual
      > orientation
      > > was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf
      > of
      > > Linda Carlson, who was denied access to eHarmony
      > > because she is gay.
      > >
      > > Lawyers bringing the action said they believed it
      > was
      > > the first lawsuit of its kind against eHarmony,
      > which
      > > has long rankled the gay community with its
      > failure to
      > > offer a "men seeking men" or "women seeking women"
      > > option.
      > >
      > > They were seeking to make it a class action
      > lawsuit on
      > > behalf of gays and lesbians denied access to the
      > > dating service.
      > >
      > > eHarmony was founded in 2000 by evangelical
      > Christian
      > > Dr. Neil Clark Warren and had strong early ties
      > with
      > > the influential religious conservative group Focus
      > on
      > > the Family.
      > >
      > > It has more than 12 million registered users, and
      > > heavy television advertising has made it one of
      > the
      > > nation's biggest Internet dating sites.
      > >
      > > Carlson, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area,
      > > tried to use the site's dating services in
      > February
      > > 2007. When she was denied access, she wrote to
      > > eHarmony explaining its anti-gay policy was
      > > discriminatory under California law but the
      > company
      > > refused to change it, according to the lawsuit.
      > >
      > > "Such outright discrimination is hurtful and
      > > disappointing for a business open to the public in
      > > this day and age," she said.
      > >
      > > eHarmony could not immediately be reached for
      > comment.
      > > Commenting in the past on eHarmony's gay and
      > lesbian
      > > policy, Warren has said that he does not know the
      > > dynamics of same-sex relationships but he expects
      > the
      > > principles to be different.
      > >
      > > "This lawsuit is about changing the landscape and
      > > making a statement out there that gay people, just
      > > like heterosexuals, have the right and desire to
      > meet
      > > other people with whom they can fall in love,"
      > said
      > > Carlson lawyer Todd Schneider.
      > >
      > > Carlson's lawyers expect a significant number of
      > gays
      > > and lesbians to join the class action, which seeks
      > to
      > > force eHarmony to end its policy and unspecified
      > > damages for those denied eHarmony services based
      > on
      > > their sexual orientation.
      > >
      > > Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited. All rights
      > reserved.
      > >
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      > >
      > > Blessings,
      > >
      > > Tom
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
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