eHarmony, after years of discrimination complaints because they excluded same-sex couples, created an online dating service for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.
If you remember, the company ascended quickly a few years back with help from their friends at FOTF. They didn't offer "men seeking men" or "women seeking women" because, as their excuse went, they only researched straight relationships, not same-sex ones.
It seems like they're sticking to the claim that straights are from Venus and queers are from Mars. They have a system that somehow encompasses all the diversity among heterosexuals but can't compute when it comes to teh gayz (bold-faced, all-caps, extra-large font theirs):
YOU UNDERSTAND AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE COMPANY'S PATENTED COMPATIBILITY MATCHING SYSTEM® WAS DEVELOPED ON THE BASIS OF RESEARCH LIMITED TO MARRIED HETEROSEXUAL COUPLES, AND THAT THE COMPANY HAS NOT CONDUCTED SIMILAR RESEARCH ON SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS. THE COMPANY PROVIDES THE SERVICE ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS AND GRANTS NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE REGARDING THE EFFICACY OF THE COMPATIBILITY MATCHING SYSTEM® FOR SAME-SEX MATCHING.
Maybe they're right. I just wasted an hour filling out their survey and, well, I know it's new and all, but the results weren't all that great. (Update on that after the jump.)
Even though I'm not at all searching for someone special, and if I were I'd be far more likely to find myself in one of the seedier spots in Paris than on eHarmony, I filled out the questionnaire and got two results. and I had a good laugh (I'm sure the boys were nice people, but it wasn't about them). I don't plan on pursuing them, since they live really, really far away.
Anyway, they're giving out free memberships to the first several thousand queers who sign up, so rush over there to get one if this is your thing. I don't judge, but just know that if you happen upon a boy who listed "cheese" as his second highest priority (you'd better believe it), he's spoken for but can't figure out how to delete his account.
Update (12:34 PM): Well, that didn't take long. I just got kicked off!
Based on recent review of your account information and activity, Compatible Partners has made the decision to close your account. We do not disclose the specific reason for our decision, however, for your consideration we can provide some general information regarding such closure decisions.
The most common reason we may choose to close an account is for a violation of our Terms and Conditions regarding the misrepresentation of personal information, such as name, age, address, marital status or criminal history. On rare occasions, we also may close an account due to specific complaints about the content of a profile, communication, or for any other reason as stated in our Terms and Conditions.
If you have purchased a subscription and we have confirmed that a Terms and Conditions violation has occurred, your subscription dues may have been forfeited.
For any questions related to this action, you may visit our Frequently Asked Questions section concerning the closure of user accounts. You can find this information at the following link:
Well, I never! What's a queer gotta do to get in on the eHarmony scheme?
They list their most common reasons for dismissal:
The most common reason for account closure is an apparent or alleged violation of eHarmony's Terms and Conditions. Such violations include, but are not limited to:
Misrepresentation of personal information such as name, criminal history, identity, address, age, or marital status;
Behavior that violates our Terms and Conditions such as soliciting funds from matches, verbal or physical abuse, or infringing on a match's privacy.
An outstanding balance on your account due to returned payment received from your card issuer.
All my info was accurate, I didn't violate TOS, and I didn't need a credit card because it's free right now.
Oh, well. I didn't even want an account there anyway. You hear me eHarmony? I didn't want in on your stupid dating service anyway! I don't need your help - I'll do just fine on my own!