“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.
And when he found himself needing to create the gay-themed companion web site in order to stay in business in New Jersey, new issues abounded – this time the critiques came from religious people who disagreed with e Harmony’s decision to comply with government demands.
e Harmony was founded by Neil Clark Warren, a psychologist and author of relationship advice books, along with Greg Forgatch, Warren's son-in-law.
In the late 1990s, Warren said he decided to test his theory that certain characteristics can predict compatibility and lead to more satisfying 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.
It was launched on August 22, 2000, and is based in Los Angeles, California. Large investors include Sequoia Capital and Technology Cross Ventures.
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