Tuesday, June 5, 2007
eHarmony and California's Unruh Civil Rights Act!!!
I have been hearing alot about this controversy from alot gay media about eHarmony.
The issue is that the business discriminates in favor of heterosexuals -- to the exclusion of providing comparable services to gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. In California's law it looks like eHarmony has already lost this case before the battle is even engaged.
The reason is eHarmony has apparently already lost is in part due to their headquarters being based out of Pasadena, California. Since January of 2006, California modified the state's Unruh Civil Rights Act with AB1400:
"The Civil Rights Act of 2005 [AB 1400] adds sexual orientation, gender, and marital status to the Unruh Act, explicitly strengthening nondiscrimination protections to clarify that businesses that provide services, goods or accommodations to the public cannot discriminate against LGBT people. The law requires "Full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges or services in all business establishments" covered by the Unruh Act, which include shopping centers, mobile home parks, bars and restaurants, schools, medical and dental offices, hotels, theaters, hospitals, salons, public agencies, retail stores, and certain organizations like condominium homeowners' associations".
AB 1400 actually goes further than that. This is because the definition of sex used for AB1400 includes gender identity/transgender people. The text of the Unruh Civil Rights Act also specifically states about the businesses affected:
All persons within the jurisdiction of this state are free and equal, and no matter what their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status, or sexual orientation are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever. (Emphasis added)
In all business establishments of every kind whatsoever will no doubt include California based e-businesses, whether owned by Christians (like eHarmony's Dr. Neil Clark Warren) or not.
Justice MH's Final thoughts: I can see where this case is going, and it's not in favor eHarmony's discriminating policies. I believe Dr. Neil Clark Warren and eHarmony have already lost this court case -- they just don't know it yet.
Thanks Pam @http://pamshouseblend.com.