Dating site eHarmony’s co-founder, Neil Clark Warren, says that same-sex marriage has damaged the company.
Warren has described himself as “a passionate follower of Jesus. I think he’s the greatest thing that ever happened to the human race.”
The company was founded in 2000 by Warren, a Christian theologian who worked as a clinical psychologist for 35 years, and his son-in-law. The site claims to be responsible for 542 marriages a day.
In the company’s early years, they primarily marketed to a Christian demographic and were associated with the evangelical organization Focus on the Family, though they have since become secular.
In 2008, eHarmony was sued in a discrimination case with the New Jersey Civil Rights Division concerning the company’s refusal to match same-sex couples. The company agreed to create a new website, called Compatible Partners, which launched in 2009.
Warren hasn’t been content since.
“I think this issue of same-sex marriage within the next five to 15 years will be no issue anymore,” he said. “We’ve made too much of it. I’m tired of it. It has really damaged our company, and when the attorney general of the state of New Jersey decided that we had to put up a same-sex site and we did it out of counsel that if we didn’t do it we were not going to have any business in New Jersey – we literally had to hire guards to protect our lives because the people were so hurt and angry with us, were Christian people, who feel that it’s a violation to scripture.”
Not only is he unhappy with having to create a same-sex version of the site, he also believes that money would be better spent “figuring out homosexuality.” As in, how to cure it.
“I have said that eHarmony really ought to put up $10 million and ask other companies to put up money and do a really first class job of figuring out homosexuality,” Warren said. “At the very best, it’s been a painful way for a lot of people to have to live. But at this point, at this age, I want America to start drawing together. I want it to be more harmonious.”