EHarmony to Start Gay Dating Site
Settles NJ discrimination lawsuit
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2008 6:58 AM CST
EHarmony excluded gays from its offers of romance. Now the online dating service has agreed to launch a site for gays and lesbians to settle a lawsuit.   (©mikebaird)
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(Newser) – Online matchmaker eHarmony has agreed to launch a gay dating service as part of a settlement of a discrimination lawsuit with the state of New Jersey. The service, to be called Compatible Partners, will be launched next spring and will be available through the main eHarmony website, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The lawsuit was filed by a New Jersey resident. "I heard their advertisement that winter and thought, 'Hey, this could work for me,'" he explained. "I went to their website but couldn't pass the initial screen. There was no option for man seeking man. It made me angry and sad."