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Date: 11. July 2016

Gay Christians Can Now Use Christian Dating Site
Dating Site Lifts Restrictions on Partner Search for LGBT Christians

Christian-based dating site has been hit with claims of discrimination. Due to these proceedings, the dating service is now allowing lesbain and gay singles to search for a partner. Previously, the site only allowed for members to search for someone of the opposite sex. Many believe this to be a development in the area of LGBT rights. owner has agreed to change the settings on the dating site which previously set large restrictions for LGBT singles who were looking for a Christian partner. The discrimination claims came from two gay men in California, USA, in the form of class-action claims to the courts. Originally, ChristianMingle would ask users who were signing up whether they were a woman looking for a man, or the other way around. Now, the site only asks after a user's gender.

ChristianMingle is ownd by dating giant Spark Networks, which runs a large number of other online dating services. Many of these services target religious dating communities, including those in the Church of Latter Day Saints, Catholics, Adventists and more. The dating company also agreed to allow gay religious singles on those sites to search for same gender partners.

Very Little Change Ahead

Although ChristianMingle can boast well over 10 million members, Gay Christian Network director Justin Lee stated that things probably wouldn’t really change for Christians in the LGBT community. Other sites are out there, including OKCupid whereby people can simply filter users according to which religion they follow.

"Although I know Christian Mingle would like to be seen as the place for all Christians to date online, it's simply not the case," Lee announced. "There are plenty of other options, including a number that are very open to LGBT people and always have been."


Source: NY Daily News