Online Dating Legalized in Santa Monica


soon to be legal

There is much to-do in California about legalizing one risque activity, but another previously scandalous activity is about to get the nod in Santa Monica, after officials concluded it was "no longer seen as sleazy."

After careful deliberation, Santa Monica officials are preparing to get with the times by repealing a 1954 ordinance that prohibits "personal introductory service, marriage bureau, lonely hearts club, or other business of a like nature" from operating within the city limits….

"With the advent of computer technology, personal introduction and dating services have expanded and become a common and reputable way to meet others for social interaction," a City Hall report stated.

And that's not all: "Permitting bona fide matchmaking and dating services to operate within the city will benefit city residents and also benefit the city's economy," the report continues.

Escort services, however, remain unacceptably sleazy in the eyes of the city.

Via Courtney Knapp.

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  1. It actually says “this offer will not be repeated if we get enough men for our women,” which may well be the perfect sentence.

  2. What next, dancing allowed in Beaumont?

  3. LOL OMG, now my life is complete.

  4. Whoa, let’s not be so hasty. We can’t just legalize it and let people do this stuff without any regulatory oversight at all. Do we really want a Wild West of internet dating site? I mean, what’s to protect the consumer from fly-by-nighters? We need to require people to pass a government-administered test on interpersonal relations and get a government license before they are loosed on the unsuspecting public. (People who want these arguments elaborated can check the comments on Matt Yglesias’s article about the D.C. law making it illegal to give tours without a license from the District government.)

  5. very interesting. what is next?

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