The company also operates Jewish dating sites JDate and JSwipe; dating sites for Catholics, Mormons and Seventh-day Adventists; Black Singles, Deaf Singles and Military Singles; and a site for “Big Beautiful Women and Their Admirers.” One of the pastors on the Christian Mingle advisory board parted ways with the company after learning it would allow gay users.
“When I came on board, CM assured me that they would hold to the biblical definition of dating and marriage,” Texas pastor Clayton Coates wrote in an email to The Post.
Unlike several other dating sites, which specifically show gay users the profiles of fellow gay users, a lesbian who searches Christian Mingle for women now would end up mostly viewing the profiles of straight women. That’s clearly not ideal for gay or straight users: “Nobody wants to have to search through a bunch of profiles of straight folks who are not interested in you,” Lee said.
[‘I never wanted to be gay’: Christian musician comes out, in moving letter to fans] Spark Networks said Christian Mingle has more than 16 million users.
[What happened when an Orthodox Jewish congregation went to a gay bar to mourn Orlando victims] The lawsuit, according to Christianity Today, argued that Christian Mingle violated California’s non-discrimination law that prohibits for-profit companies, such as Spark Networks, which owns Christian Mingle, from discriminating against customers on the basis of sexual orientation, among other categories.
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 hurts my Lord and it hurts my reputation as a husband, father, pastor and the reputation of my church to stay on the advisory board,” he wrote.
The six remaining members of the advisory board listed on Christian Mingle’s website did not respond to The Post’s requests for comment.
Mann added that an openly Christian profile on a gay dating site — like his, which says he is in seminary — tends to surprise most gay men, and not in a good way.
Dedicated to verified college students and alumni (via education database). Alumni cannot initiate or respond to contact or post status updates.
Members only see intersection of what they are looking for and what other members are looking for. Free messaging and status posting for undergraduates (5 messages/day limit).
“Like all other companies, we must abide by the laws that govern our state and nation,” the email said.
Prior to the lawsuit, the site offered two options: man seeking woman, or woman seeking man.
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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.