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.
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.
“Nobody wants to have to search through a bunch of profiles of straight folks who are not interested in you,” as Gay Christian Network executive director Justin Lee put it.
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.
It is a change that is rolling out on its other dating service sites like Catholic Mingle.com, Adventist Singles Connection.com, Black Singles.com, and a mobile application Cross Paths.
Under the agreement, Spark Networks said they would tailor other search and profile features for gay and lesbian users within the next two years.
ating site Christian Mingle must now admit gay users, after two gay men won a class-action claim against its owner, Spark Networks.
But what have those men really gained for their trouble?