Online dating is great, but there's a slight shudder factor attached to the practice now that everyone and their mother literally has some sort of profile. The biggest advantage, obviously, is the potential to meet thousands of eligible singles who you likely wouldn't have known existed otherwise. But whether those singles use their profile regularly or are even on it for the right reasons is another question — thus, the terrifying edge that can cause singles genuinely searching for the real thing to shy away from such a valuable tool. When the dating pool is so deep, it's important to narrow down your options to dating sites that are most likely to attract a very specific type of person and introduce you to people who have the same intentions that you do. Whether unspoken or not, eharmony and EliteSingles are two websites for serious relationships that make those kinds of definitions clear.
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The popular eHarmony online dating service will have to do more to welcome gays and lesbians to its site, under a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit announced Tuesday. The Pasadena company, which says it uses a scientifically developed questionnaire to help people find "relationships that last," didn't offer gay, lesbian and bisexual matchmaking services on its primary Web site, eHarmony. As a result of a settlement with the state of New Jersey, which sued the company for discrimination, men and women seeking same-sex matches were redirected from eHarmony to an affiliate Web site, Compatiblepartners. A separate class-action civil rights lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles in , saying that eHarmony violated California law barring businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation. The proposed settlement would require eHarmony to display its gay and lesbian dating services more prominently.
In the late s, Dr. Neil Clark Warren decided that there must be a better way of finding love than just pure chance. He had been practicing as a clinical psychologist for 35 years and a lot of his work involved counseling married couples. Thus eHarmony was created and, since then, this online dating site has had some of the consistently highest success rates for matching couples. The famous eHarmony matching system is centered on a complex method which involves the extensive testing of married couples.
The Christian co-founder of the popular dating site eHarmony is no stranger to sparking controversy in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT community. Now, however, Neil Clark Warren has gone even further, saying he's "tired" of the same-sex marriage debate and what he perceives as its negative impact on eHarmony. It has really damaged our company. It seems his company's decision to launch a separate service for gay and lesbian singles called Compatible Partners in response to a lawsuit filed against eHarmony in for not offering LGBT matchmaking brought along its own set of challenges. In , the company settled a separate California lawsuit claiming it discriminated against LGBT people by linking Compatible Partners with eHarmony and allowing users to use both sites without paying a separate fee for each, the Associated Press reported.