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Christian Mingle Allows Same-Sex Matches

Christian Mingle is a dating site launched in 2001 for Christians. It’s the fastest growing online community of Christian singles.

A class action suit was filed in 2013 by two gay men who claimed Spark Networks Inc.’s refusal to offer same-sex matches constituted discrimination. They claimed the site was in violation of California’s anti-discrimination law.

The law is known as the ‎Unruh Civil Rights Act, which requires “business establishments” to offer equal accommodations to people regardless of their sexual orientation.

Opposers have noted that considering the number of sites available for gay christians, it seems trivial to force a company to change their belief system when there are many alternatives.

Rightwing media has shown an obvious dislike for the move, with BizPac Review calling it a “terrible blow-yet another attack on religious liberty.”

Regardless, the owner of Christianmingle.com has agreed to allow gay and lesbian users to search for same-sex matches under a judge-approved settlement.

Spark Networks also agreed to pay each plaintiff $9,000 each and 450,000 in attorneys’ fees to the lawyers involved in the case. The company, as part of the agreement, didn’t admit to any wrongdoing.

The terms of the agreement also apply to the other Spark sites such as “AdventistSinglesConnection.com

A representative of Spark Networks  said the company was “pleased to resolve this litigation”

Vineet Dubey, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, said, “I am gratified that we were able to work with Spark to help ensure that people can fully participate in all the diverse market places that make our country so special, regardless of their sexual orientation.”

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