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eHarmony settlement could mean changes for Utah dating Web sites

Posted - Nov. 20, 2008 at 10:04 p.m.



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(KSL News) Online dating site eHarmony will now provide same-sex matches as part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by a gay man in New Jersey.

Under the terms of the settlement, the matchmaking Web site will launch a new service called "Compatible Partners" next year.

The settlement does not set any legal precedent, but legal experts in Utah say matchmaking sites here still could suffer as a result.

"eHarmony is one of the largest and most established entities in the industry. Now, unfortunately, others will be forced, practically, to fall into line," said legal expert Chris Dexter.

We contacted several of the Utah-based dating Web sites today, but no one wanted to comment.

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