Gay cristian dating
Men can now check out men, and women can search for women, on the religious dating site Christian Mingle, which previously sanctioned only heterosexual relationships.
The site opened to gay users after settling a lawsuit that claimed that it violated California’s non-discrimination law.
sexual orientation are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind.” The men claimed the company “has engaged in a systematic and intentional pattern and practice of arbitrary discrimination against gays and lesbians throughout California by denying them full and equal services.” Now, instead of asking whether someone is a “woman seeking a man” or a “man seeking a woman,” the matchmaking service can only ask if users are male or female.
The lawsuit doesn’t just impact Christian Mingle, but other-faith based matchmaking websites run by Spark Networks, including LDSSingles, for Mormons, and Catholic Mingle.
“From dating sites and adoption agencies to small businesses, it’s clear today that people of faith are being forced to compromise or risk financial ruin.” In 2013, two gay men filed a lawsuit against Christian Mingle because users can only search for potential partners of the opposite sex.
But a dating site that is explicitly centered around religious commonality clearly cannot function properly if it is not legally allowed to put religious views into practice.
One wonders, too, how far the demand for inclusivity should go.
Match is also responsible for more gay Christian meetups, dates, relationships, and marriages than any other dating site.
Why do some relationships last decades while others fizzle out after a few months?
But the new search function likely won’t prove very useful to gay men or women — the site now lets them view profiles of the same gender, but does not specifically show them fellow gay users.