eHarmony.com sued for excluding homosexuals

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. —  A Los Angeles woman has sued the popular online dating site eHarmony.com, claiming she was discriminated against based on her sexual orientation when the Web site refused to pair her with another woman.

eHarmony was founded in 2000 by Neil Clark Warren, an evangelical with ties to Focus on the Family, and it has grown to more than 12 million registered users, according to Reuters.

The lawyer for the woman, Linda Carlson, said the lawsuit was "about changing the landscape and making a statement out there that gay people, just like heterosexuals, have the right and desire to meet other people with whom they can fall in love." Carlson is urging fellow homosexuals to join the class action lawsuit geared toward forcing eHarmony to change its policy.

"The message coming from the liberal, pro-homosexual activists here is simple: You can have your beliefs in your church or synagogue or home (for now ...), but don't you dare try to live them out in the public square," Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, said.

"They are telling us: Retreat into your church closet. All of America—our schools, corporations and our laws—must now affirm homosexuality," LaBarbera added. "It's become all too clear: No special interest group threatens our basic freedoms like the homosexual and gender confusion ('transgender') lobbies."

Debra Saunders, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote June 12 that attacking conservative Christians for their beliefs is "the new McCarthyism."

"Having been rejected, Carlson could have decided to go to a dating site that accommodates lesbians,"Saunders wrote. "That would have been the tolerant thing to do."

Instead, Carlson is seeking legal action to make others conform to her point of view.

"[T]here is no getting around the selective intolerance of a lawsuit that targets a heterosexual dating service, while gay and other niche dating services abound," Saunders wrote.