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Christian Mingle.com, an online dating service for Christian singles, must start allowing people to seek out same-sex relationships under a judge-approved settlement.
Christian Mingle only required new users to specify whether they’re a man seeking a woman or a woman seeking a man.
State law requires businesses to offer “full and equal” accommodations and services to people regardless of their sexual orientation.For now, Christian Mingle will only ask a user whether he or she is a man or woman.Spark Networks agreed that within two years, it would adjust other features to give gay singles a more tailored experience, the Journal reported.The terms approved by a state judge Monday also applied to other Spark-owned sites that had operated in the same fashion, including Catholic Mingle.com, Adventist Singles and Black Singles.com, the Journal reported.Spark agreed to pay both men ,000 each and 0,000 in attorneys’ fees.
The company didn’t admit any wrongdoing as part of the agreement, the Journal reported.“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,” one of the lead plaintiffs’ attorneys, Vineet Dubey of Custodio & Dubey LLP, said in a statement.The owner of online dating site Christian has agreed to let gay and lesbian users search for same-sex matches under a judge-approved settlement of discrimination claims.Two gay men filed class-actions claims against Spark Networks Inc.in California courts in 2013 alleging that Christian and several other sites in the company’s portfolio of niche dating services excluded users looking to meet singles of the same sex.Christian Mingle, billed as the largest online community for Christian singles, required new users to specify whether they’re a man seeking a woman or a woman seeking a man.The lead plaintiffs, two gay men who tried using it, claimed that the limited options violated California’s anti-discrimination law.