SOURCE: Rainbow Christians

November 27, 2008 01:04 ET

Founder of RainbowChristians.com Responds to eHarmony New Jersey Settlement

BERKELEY, CA--(Marketwire - November 27, 2008) - This month, the Attorney General's office of New Jersey announced a settlement with the online matchmaking service eHarmony. The settlement came after Eric McKinley of Monmouth County, NJ, filed a suit claiming that eHarmony violated the state's Law Against Discrimination because it did not offer matchmaking service for gays and lesbians. According to the settlement, eHarmony will launch an affiliate site, Compatible Partners, for gays and lesbians.

"It is truly unfortunate that it took a legal settlement for eHarmony to offer their time-proven match-making services to gay and lesbian individuals," states Justin R. Cannon, Founder of RainbowChristians.com. "Part of my motivation for launching Rainbow Christians™ was a disappointment that sites like eHarmony did not, at the time, cater to gays and lesbians. In 2005 I actually launched my site under the domain Gayharmony.net, but in 2006 changed the name and gave the old domain to eHarmony. I'm, actually, quite surprised that they did not use it for this new service."

In a press statement issued by eHarmony, their attorney Theodore B. Olson expressed, "Even though we believed that the complaint resulted from an unfair characterization of our business, we ultimately decided it was best to settle this case with the Attorney General since litigation outcomes can be unpredictable." The statement clarified, "Under the settlement agreement, the company reserves the right to inform those using the new same-sex matching service that the Compatibility Matching System™ developed by eHarmony is solely based on research involving married heterosexual couples."

"Now that eHarmony's services are open to the gay community, the question remains of just how many of us will take advantage of it," wonders Cannon. "Only time will tell how successfully their service matches gay couples. For those seeking loving companionship, my hope is always that they will find the partner they seek -- regardless of where they find it."

About RainbowChristians.com

Rainbow Christians™ was founded by Justin R. Cannon in 2005 to offer dating and social networking services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians, and has grown to over 4000 members. In 2006 Cannon was recognized as one of Out Magazine's Out100 and in November 2007 he was honored as one of Instinct Magazine's 2007 Leading Men of the Year for his activism in the gay community. He is currently pursuing priesthood in the Episcopal Church.

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