Neil Clark Warren, the 78-year-old
Christian co-founder of the popular dating site eHarmony, believes
gay marriage has “damaged” his company.
“I think this issue of same-sex
marriage within the next 5 to 15 years will be no issue anymore,”
Warren told Off
The Cuff. “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 who were so hurt and angry
with us were Christian people, who feel that it's a violation to
EHarmony created Compatible Partners, a
dating site for gay and lesbian singles, in response to a lawsuit
filed in 2008. A separate 2010 suit forced the company to allow
users to use both sites without paying a separate fee for each.
“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. 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,” Warren added.