eHarmony Founder Believes Marriage Equality Ruined the Company

Neil Clark Warren, the 78-year-old conservative Christian co-founder of, has publicly announced that his company suffered when it was forced to accommodate same-sex couples.

The reason?

In a profile on Yahoo News, Warren said that fellow Christians were so outraged when gay customers were allowed to utilize the dating site that they nearly turned violent against him. He claims that the company even had to hire guards to protect employees from livid conservatives.

As indicated on eHarmony, about five percent of all new US marriages occur after people meet on their website. When all the loose ends are added up, an eHarmony wedding occurs every 2.64 minutes – or so the company asserts. But playing cupid for same-sex couples is not their cup of tea.

After Warren was forced to open up his site to gay users back in 2008, Warren believes his company has since been ruined.

A CNBC article mentions how the company launched a new website, Compatible Partners, to cater to same-sex couples in 2009 and how Warren feels about it.

“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,” Warren said, “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 were so hurt and angry with us, were Christian people, who feel that it’s a violation to scripture.”

He continued “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.”

According to The Advocate, Warren even associated with the anti-gay group Focus on the Family but has since left because he wants to see the country come together as one.