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Gay Marriage Debate Has "Damaged" eHarmony.com, Christian CEO Says

Neil Clark Warren, Christian founder of eHarmony.com, says he hopes we can be more “harmonious” on the gay marriage issue and that the debate has damaged his company. Warren told Yahoo! Finance that he was “tired” of the debate, but that he hopes in “five to fifteen years, there will be no issue anymore. We’ve made too much of it.”

Warren founded eHarmony.com in 2000 with the help of Focus on the Family. In 2008, the company was sued for not offering homosexual dating options. Warren told interviewers that he implemented the gay partnership aspect of his site so he could continue to do business in the state of New Jersey, but Christian users were so outraged that he had to hire guards to protect him and his executives in public.

“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,” concluded Warren. “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.”

According to their website, eHarmony.com uses a patented relationship algorithm to match users with one another. Other online dating websites, such as ChristianMingle.com and ChristianSingles.com, do not offer homosexual pairings.

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