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

Litigator with 5-10 years of general insurance defense experience

USA-FL-West Palm Beach

Boutique litigation firm is looking for an experienced litigator with 5-10 years of general insuranc...

Apply Now

Transactional Real Estate Attorney with 4-10 years of experience

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office is seeking a transactional real estate attorney with 4-10 years of experience.

Apply Now

Real Estate/Business Transaction Attorney with 8+ years of experience


Seattle office is seeking a real estate & business transaction attorney with 8+ years of experience....

Apply Now

Litigation Attorney with 2-5 years of insurance coverage experience


Towson office of our client seeks litigation attorney with 2-5 years of business, insurance coverage...

Apply Now


Contract Attorney

USA-CA-Beverly Hills

We are looking for a civil business litigator with 3+ years of experience who is capable of attendin...

Apply now


USA-CA-San Francisco

As an in-house legal counsel at Wix’s legal department, you will play a significant role in de...

Apply now

Experienced Insurance Defense Attorney Needed


Defense Negligence firm with offices in Nassau County and main office in Suffolk County seeks a full...

Apply now


USA-MO-Kansas City

Successful, expanding KC personal injury law firm seeks an attorney with 5+ years personal injury li...

Apply now

Most Popular


To Top