eHarmony Settles In New Jersey Lawsuit

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They Agree To Offer Same-Sex Matching Service

The online dating match service eHarmony, Inc. settled a lawsuit today with Eric McKinley, a gay match-seeker from New Jersey. The relationship Web site agrees in the lawsuit to provide a new service for match-seekers identifying themselves as “male seeking a male” or “female seeking a female” by March 31, 2009.
 
The company also agrees to ensure that same-sex users are matched via the same or equivalent technology as that used for heterosexual match-seekers and agrees to charge same-sex users the same fees. They also agreed to offer the same service quality and terms of service as for heterosexuals.
 
“I applaud the decision of eHarmony to settle this case and extend its matching services to those seeking same-sex relationships,” said N.J. Division on Civil Rights Director J. Frank Vespa-Papaleo.