In 2000, we started seeing commercials about an internet dating service that helps folks find true love through a “Compatibility Matching System.” It’s patented, and oh-so-scientific.
The site’s founder, Neil Clark Warren, based the system on his experience as a psychologist, where, evidently, he did not encounter any gays.“It’s what I did for 40 years,” Warren told the .
At Compatible Partners, it all starts with our comprehensive Relationship Questionnaire that captures your unique values, attitudes, personality traits and interests.
The Company's patented Compatibility Matching System® was developed on the basis of research involving married heterosexual couples.
The Company has not conducted similar research on same-sex relationships.
With so many options for the LGBT community, why would we bother with a site that showed disdain for us from the start?
Will we welcome the “formerly” anti-gay e Harmony’s new gay site, Compatible Partners, which launched Tuesday, with open checkbooks?
One could easily argue that Neil Clark Warren, 78, struck gold when he co-founded e Harmony, a dating web site that claims to be the catalyst for 5 percent of all new marriages in the United States (the company reports that 542 people wed every day because of the site).
But Warren, a committed Christian, has also come under a fair amount of criticism over the years, particularly when it comes to his company’s stance on gay relationships.Following a 2008 lawsuit over the failure to match gays, the company settled with New Jersey’s Civil Rights Division and agreed to launch Compatible Partners, a separate web site aimed at serving same-sex clientele; this service launched in 2009.While e Harmony reluctantly complied, Warren still doesn’t seem sold on gay marriage. It has really damaged our company.” The decision to push the bounds of his religious beliefs was a troublesome one for Warren.Whether it's the desire to feel loved or to avoid loneliness, it seems everyone is on the hunt to find a compatible partner so that they can experience the joys and pains of coupledom.The pursuit for companionship can go a variety of different ways, regardless of your sexual orientation.“I think this issue of same-sex marriage within the next five to 15 years will be no issue anymore,” he said. While his company originally sought to work with a Christian base, his user pool grew over time.