Actually, NO, not all people are alike–not research-wise, not from a demographic point of view. Groups of people are unique and complex, and there are many factors to consider when thinking of them in a research situation.
If you are looking at eHarmony as research, you couldn’t say that how ALL people are matched up using whatever algorithm that eHarmony uses works for everyone…I’m assuming they must have used some sort of standarization process or norming data of heterosexuals-both male and female–maybe even info about couples with the most longevity, although I admit that I have no clue what they based that all on or how they came to their conclusions and what sort of results they have had for people, but they have to have statistics they base this on and subjects they used to come to the conclusions they did in the creation of the algorithm–and most likely not just "Oh, they answered ALL of these questions just the same, so they’re perfect for each other."
Also, demographics such as male and female preferences might come into play when looking at male-male matches and female-female matches–and homosexual males and females might be looking for something different in a partner preference-wise than male-female matches and from each gender of gay partner, so that could potentially call for the need for the research to be tailored to "male-male" matches and "female-female" matches–I’m guessing the folks at eHarmony haven’t been busy researching preferences and compatibility in gay relationships. I’m interested how these matches will turn out…what if they’re all duds since they’re based on research using straight couples? But wait…I’m just hearing people chime in…"Well, they might be duds, but at least they’re offering this option to gay people, and that’s a step in the right direction!" Well, that’s lovely and wonderful and birds will sing and unicorns will fly over rainbows, but these people will be paying dearly for poor matches if that is the case–And eHarmony will again be the villain since they are offering "shoddy services" to gay people–and someone will probably sue again. And to think that the crappy service was b/c some dude who went a long way feeling angry and suing people so that eHarmony would offer a gay dating site- for it all to be a sham since it is based on faulty research (ie-research that does not apply to them and their preferences specifically) in the first place.
Megan, I’m also with you on the discrimination existing for anyone–It’s possible, and it can be arbitrary–I’ve heard of studies where complete strangers in a group disliked each other based on being in a group of "us" vs. "them", eye color, what they were wearing, hair color, hand used for writing, etc…
And, I STILL stand by this—If a business doesn’t offer what you want, just go elsewhere–Don’t sue. The fact is that gay people can use this site–They aren’t restricted from using the site–BUT it isn’t targeted at them AND they’d have to choose "Man looking for woman" or "Woman looking for man." AND the site is of no use to them if they are gay, but it’d be ridicluous to sue any business that isn’t of use to your specific needs. And, I have a feeling that a lot of this lawsuit has to do with what eHarmony represents to certain people who don’t like them and that suing them was therapeutic since they have been associated with the "religious right" and "focus on the family." AND THEN there’s fact that all of this is now *completely* beside the point–The deal is done, and there WILL be a gay eHarmony site.
It seems wrong to restrict businesses in how they run..We now have to include EVERY need of ALL people ALL the time, lest we happen to offend ANYONE, ANYWHERE, at ANYTIME. Sometimes it feels like we are becoming a nation of whiners, hall monitors, and criers waiting with our hands up for the teacher to come take sides.
So, on that whiny note: I’m still waiting to hear about when straight people can sue gay dating sites to include a "hetero" option…