eHarmony Settles Lawsuit over Gay Dating

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Good news for eHarmony. They have entered into an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit about not matching singles that were looking for a same-sex partner. This class action was filed in Los Angeles in 2007 (see Story). The proposed settlement would require eHarmony to create a $2 million fund to pay gay, lesbian and bisexual people who can show that they were harmed by eHarmony's policies. They would also have to include a gay dating link on the bottom of the eHarmony homepage by the other links for different dating niches (Seniors, Hispanics, etc...). eHarmony would also need to allow singles to partner with same sex members on their dating site. This would allow bisexual people to be matched with both male and female partners on one dating site.

There will be a few changes with Compatible Partners as well, if the agreement goes through. The gay dating site would still need to continue operation and the “Powered by eHarmony” tagline would need to be changed to “Brought to you by eHarmony”. eHarmony's trademark logo would also need to be displayed on the Compatible Partners homepage.

A Judge will be looking at the agreement on February 3rd, 2010.

For more information on the subject, read the eHarmony press release. To find out more about the dating sites, read our eHarmony review and are Compatible Partners review.