eHarmony Co-Founder Neil Clark Warren Says Company Was Damaged by Gay Marriage

Neil Clark Warren, owner of dating website eHarmony.com and self-described passionate follower of Jesus, said he wants to understand homosexuality after claiming gay marriage damaged his company. The cost? $10 million.

“I have said that eHarmony really ought to put up $10 million and ask other companies to put up money and do a really first class job of figuring out homosexuality,” Warren told CNBC. “At the very best, it's been a painful way for a lot of people to have to lie.”

Perhaps the damage Warren is referring to is the settlements from a discrimination lawsuit in 2010 in California. Gay users accused eHarmony of allowing straight users access to the service “Compatible Partners” without an additional fee. Compatible Partners is a service launched by eHarmony in 2009 to cater to gay couples.

That suit cost a total of $2 million.

Founded in 2000, eHarmony has seen over 500,000 marriages between their users and over $1 billion in cumulative revenue. The site was also sued in 2008 and settled after a discrimination case from LGBT singles came against them.

“At this point, at this age, I want America to start drawing together,” Warren said. “I want it to be more harmonious,” he added.


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