Vineet Dubey, one of the attorneys for the two named plaintiffs, expressed gratitude for the case’s resolution.
“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 said in a statement.
While Christian Mingle’s home page currently asks only for the member’s binary gender (male or female), a search of the site’s “help” page at press time for the words “gay,” “same-sex,” “lesbian,” or “bisexual” all returned no results.
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Nearly three years after two gay men filed a class-action lawsuit against Christian dating website Christian Mingle.com, the Los Angeles-based company has agreed to let its members seek out same-sex partners, reports .
Although a California judge determined the site’s straight-only formatting violated the state’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, the company behind Christian Mingle did not admit any wrongdoing. Johnson of the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles County, ordered Spark Networks to do away with settings on all its sites that only allow users to select “man seeking woman” or vice versa.
Spark Networks is the parent company of more than a dozen other dating sites that match people based on faith practices, age, or race, including Catholic Mingle.com, LDSSingles.com, Black Singles.com, and Silver