Legal News

Christian Mingle Must Now Allow Same-Sex Matching
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)


Summary: Religious-themed dating site Christian Mingle must now allow same-sex dating.

Gay Christians want love too, and now previously straights-only dating site Christian Mingle must service them. Last week, the site that caters to Christians was ordered to offer same-sex matching after a discrimination lawsuit had been filed against them.


In 2013, two gay men filed a lawsuit in California against the site’s owner Spark Networks, stating that the website’s refusal to offer LGBT matches was discriminatory. The recent settlement now requires Christian Mingle to make it easier for gay and lesbians to find each other on the site and to pay the plaintiffs $9,000/each and cover their legal fees which amounted to a whopping $450,000.

The plaintiffs were represented by Custodio & Dubey LLP.

Christian Mingle as well as Catholic Mingle, Adventist Singles Connection, and Black Singles must also allow same-sex dating. These sites were a part of Spark Networks’ umbrella of niche dating sites.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

Spark Networks also owns Jewish-dating site, JDate, which was not included in this settlement.

BizPac Review, a right-wing publication expressed its dismay, stating that the judgment was “yet another attack on liberty.” The plaintiff’s lawyer Vineet Dubey said banning same-sex matches was an obvious violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which requires businesses to accommodate everyone despite their sexual orientation.

“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,” Dubey told the Wall Street Journal.

Do you think religious-themed dating websites should be exempt from California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Photo courtesy of The Irish World


Interesting Legal Sites You May Like




Search Now

General Municipal Law Attorney with land use experience


Oakland office of our client seeks general municipal law attorney with experience advising public ag...

Apply Now

Mid-level Restructuring Attorney with bankruptcy experience


Washington, D.C. office of our client seeks mid-level restructuring attorney with 4-6 years of exper...

Apply Now

Senior Land Use Attorney with experience

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks senior land use attorney with 7+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

Attorney with 3-5 years of civil litigation experience


Merrillville office of our client seeks attorney with preferably 3-5 years of civil litigation exper...

Apply Now


Civil & Business Litigation / Transactional Attorney


Law firm with primary emphasis in Business & Civil Litigation and transactional work, seeks confiden...

Apply now



Boutique East Bay litigation defense firm is seeking a junior to mid-level attorney. Candidates for ...

Apply now

Family Law Paralegal


The right person for this job will grasp basic and complex divorce and family law issues, have stron...

Apply now

Products Liability & Mass Tort Litigation Associate


The candidate must have 1- 5 years of civil litigation experience, preferably with some background i...

Apply now

Most Popular


To Top