eHarmony Finally Comes Out of the Closet

New same-sex dating site powered by eHarmony technology

By Olsen Ebright
|  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009  |  Updated 10:43 AM PDT
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eHarmony Finally Comes Out of the Closet

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No word yet on that marriage thing, but at least gay and lesbian couples can now lie about their age and weight on an eHarmony-powered website.

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Homosexuals can now spend hours filling out questionnaires, browsing profiles and forking over money to eHarmony for the thrill of online dating.

No, gays and lesbians can't join eHarmony.com, but thanks to a New Jersey court ruling, the online dating giant was forced to create a separate-but-equal website.

CompatiblePartners.net will use the same engine powering eHarmony, and just like their hetero-counterparts, LGBT users will get to pay monthly fees ranging from $19.95 to $59.95.

The decision stems from a discrimination complaint filed in 2005 by Eric McKinley, a gay match-seeker from New Jersey.

For the online dater on a budget, there's some good news. The first 10,000 people who register on CompatiblePartners.net will receive a free six-month membership, according to eHarmony. After that, the monthly fees start up.

Of course, for the LGBT users who are really low on cash (or perhaps a tad spiteful toward eHarmony), PlentyofFish.com and OKCupid are free and offer same-sex matches.

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