In an email to The Washington Post, Spark Networks said it has no plans to advertise the site to gay Christians, or to go further to make the site work for gay or bisexual users.
“Like all other companies, we must abide by the laws that govern our state and nation,” the email said.
Before the settlement, Christian Mingle and its partner websites would prompt users to indicate if they were a man seeking a woman or a woman seeking a man. Under the agreement, Christian Mingle and its parent company Spark Networks has agreed to update its websites to give same-sex users a more useful experiences within the next two years.
Infidelity dating site Ashley Madison target of FTC probe, suits This also applies to Spark’s other dating websites, targeted for Catholics, Latter-Day Saints, adventists and military singles.
Two gay men filed class-actions claims against the site’s owner, California-based Spark Networks Inc., claiming that the site’s limited options violated California’s anti-discrimination law, The Wall Street Journal reported.
State law requires businesses to offer “full and equal” accommodations and services to people regardless of their sexual orientation.
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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.
For undisclosed reasons, another site owned by Spark, Jewish matchmaker JDate.com, was not included in the legal petition.
Lee explained that while the website was preventing gay and bi Christians from finding love on Christian Mingle, users were turning to secular options like OKCupid that allow filtering by religion, or going on his organization's network.
"Although I know Christian Mingle would like to be seen as the place for all Christians to date online, it's simply not the case," Lee told The News.
YOUNGSTOWNA 46-year-old Boardman man has pleaded guilty as charged to felonious assault in an Aug.
28, 2015, attack on a 45-year-old Boardman woman, who said he inflicted permanent injury to her right hand and threatened to kill her. Ferrara, of Huntington Drive, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony Tuesday before Judge Lou A.