Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Freedom Of Association

Yahoo News reports:

A California man in the process of getting a divorce said on Monday he was suing a popular online dating service that barred him from joining until his marriage is officially over.

eHarmony is a private dating service and they should be allowed to admit whomever they want to their service. Apparently the man (who is a lawyer) is suing eHarmony based on a California law that says that businesses must disregard a person's marital status when providing services.

If this guy doesn't like the way eHarmony is being run, he should start his own competing service. I'm sick of people using the government to strong-arm private parties in to conforming to their wishes.

There are always unintended consequences to such things and people don't see that when they sue over something that hurts their feelings. If this lawsuit is successful, some enterprising homosexual could make the claim that for the purpose of services rendered that California's civil union laws are equal to marriage and they could force eHarmony (and other services like it) to open up to homosexual relationships as well against their will. Before long, the government will rule that churches can't exclude homosexuals from clergy positions since a church provides a service to the congregants.

Why should the government be able to force one group of private citizens to provide services for another group of private citizens? It's only going to get worse before it gets better.