If you haven’t heard of online dating site Compatible Partners, we wouldn’t be at all surprised. It’s not exactly being promoted like parent company eHarmony’s popular TV spots, where “real” members are used to disclose their online love stories.
Compatible Partners is the unwelcome stepchild of eHarmony, the notoriously Christian-focused dating website founded by Neil Clark Warren in the early 2000’s. Warren has always been open about his opposition to same-sex marriage, but after a 2008 lawsuit was filed against the dating behemoth for not offering gay and lesbian matchmaking components to its services, eHamony responded by creating a separate dating service for gay and lesbian singles, and Compatible Partners was launched in 2009.
The Obvious Question
Why would the LGBT community support a business who would never have voluntarily supported them? It’s not too likely they would, once they become aware of the history of eHarmony/Compatible Partner’s forced additional service.
We tried it for you, during a “communicate for free” weekend recently. Wouldn’t it be nice if “communicate for free” meant that you could actually use the site–all of it–unfettered, to get a true sense of what the service could actually offer you for your hard earned beans? But no, after going through the drill of filling out a profile, answering a bunch of general personality questions (containing no questions pertaining to anything remotely LGBT) , we found ourselves rolling our eyes.