My mid-1990's goatee was specifically one of the attributes that kicked the door open with the woman I married, so I have proof the other way. True, I never got much interest while rockin' the long hair and beard I could not wait to grow after being done with the military, but once I knocked it back to a short goatee the game was on.
She's still never seen me in person without some variation of facial hair. I get a little bored and gotta change it up from time to time - don't know exactly what you'd call what I have now. Sort of a fu-manchu on the mustache end of things, and some on the chin, but they're not interconnected currently.
To the part of the article that addresses how men view facial hair - I was Christmas shopping and went into a store with a guy I'd put in the 19-20 year old range at the counter. As he was ringing me up, he said "Excuse me sir, but I have to say, that mustache has power." In a rare instance of not being caught totally off guard, I said "Yeah, you bet it does." He said, clearly having fun with his temporary holiday retail job, "God bless you and the power that is yours due to that magnificent mustache, sir."
Tallied up, overall having some sort of facial hair going on is too much fun to take a pass on, I'd say.