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Case in point about inappropriate discrimination laws: eHarmony sued for excluding gays

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  • Thomas Morey
    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
    Message 1 of 5 , Jun 1 11:07 AM
      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.

      If you'd like to comment on the content of this
      article, go to MSNBC.com, this title, and look for the
      "message board".

      Blessings,

      Tom




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    • emily47017
      this is pretty strange. i wonder what the law is and what its scope is indended to be? seems like eharmony might be able to work fast to become a religious
      Message 2 of 5 , Jun 1 1:39 PM
        this is pretty strange. i wonder what the law is and what its scope
        is indended to be? seems like eharmony might be able to work fast to
        become a religious entity, and thereby exempt... but it's hard to know
        without seeing the language of the statute.

        emily
      • cgdone1
        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
        Message 3 of 5 , Jun 1 10:09 PM
          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.
          >
          > If you'd like to comment on the content of this
          > article, go to MSNBC.com, this title, and look for the
          > "message board".
          >
          > Blessings,
          >
          > Tom
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
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        • nfttm
          very, very good analogy! ... http://mobile.yahoo.com/mobileweb/onesearch?refer=1ONXIC ...
          Message 4 of 5 , Jun 2 8:34 AM
            very, very good analogy!

            --- 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.
            > >
            > > If you'd like to comment on the content of this
            > > article, go to MSNBC.com, this title, and look for
            > the
            > > "message board".
            > >
            > > Blessings,
            > >
            > > Tom
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            >
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            >




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          • Thomas Morey
            Good theological insight, cgdone1! ... http://mobile.yahoo.com/mobileweb/onesearch?refer=1ONXIC ...
            Message 5 of 5 , Jun 3 11:10 AM
              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.
              > >
              > > If you'd like to comment on the content of this
              > > article, go to MSNBC.com, this title, and look for
              > the
              > > "message board".
              > >
              > > Blessings,
              > >
              > > Tom
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              >
              ______________________________________________________________________
              > ______________
              > > Yahoo! oneSearch: Finally, mobile search
              > > that gives answers, not web links.
              > >
              >
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              >
              >
              >




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