A California judge is requiring a company that operates Christian dating sites to provide its services to same-sex couples. Affected are ChristianMingle.com, CatholicMingle.com, AdventistSinglesConnection.com, and BlackSingles.com.
Dating site ChristianMingle.com will soon allow users to search for same-sex matches, courtesy of a “judge-approved settlement of discrimination claims,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
Under the terms of the settlement, the outcome of a lawsuit filed in California against dating site operator Spark Networks Inc. in 2013 by two gay men who claimed the company’s refusal to provide same-sex matches constituted discrimination, Christian Mingle and other sites operating under the company’s purview will simply ask whether users are men or women. The settlement also requires the company to introduce features to Christian Mingle making it easier for gay and lesbian users to find others on the site.
Other sites covered by the settlement include CatholicMingle.com, AdventistSinglesConnection.com and BlackSingles.com, the Journal added. According to a version of the settlement posted to the Journal’s web site, Spark will pay out $9,000 to each of the plaintiffs and $450,000 in legal fees to the firm representing them.