EHarmony CEO: Same-Sex Marriage "Really Damaged Our Company"

Neil Clark Warren, co-founder of online dating site eHarmony, may have gone too far in speaking about his personal views of homosexuality. Warren, a Christian theologian, was a marriage counselor before creating the popular site.

EharmonyThe company started by offering the service only to straight couples, but lawsuits claimed that same-sex couples had the right to meet through eHarmony as well. Having lost the battle, eHarmony created Compatibility Partners for gays and lesbians. Believing homosexuality is a violation of scripture, Warren recently told Yahoo! Finance,

"I think this issue of same-sex marriage within the next five to 15 years will be no issue anymore. We've made too much of it. I'm tired of it. It has really damaged our company."


"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."

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Discussion Starters:

  • What is Warren's intent? Try to see the situation from his perspective first.
  • What is Warren's responsibility as a CEO? What are his responsibilities to himself? To eHarmony customers?
  • What's your reaction to Warren's comments? How do you think people would react?