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
"Spark has engaged in a systemic and intentional pattern and practice of arbitrary discrimination against gays and lesbians throughout California by denying them full and equal services, accommodations, advantages and privileges in connection with many of its commercial dating services," reads the class-action complaint filed in December 2013.
As the Wall Street Journal points out, a California state law known as the Unruh Civil Rights Act mandates that "all business establishments of every kind whatsoever" treat every person within the jurisdiction as free and equal regardless of sex, race, religion, marital status and sexual orientation, among other things.
There are actually gay communities who have a desire to follow and worship, but because of their conflicting identities as a gay and a Christian, it can be a hard time finding Christian communities and churches that would be welcoming.
Spark Networks, which owns Christian Mingle, JDate, and ("the largest dating site by Mormons for Mormons"), first came under legal fire in 2013 after two gay men noticed that new members could only search for dates of the opposite sex.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 suit against Spark states that, at the time of its filing, individuals wishing to use the Spark dating sites for Christians, Catholics, Mormons, Seventh-day Adventists, military singles and black singles could only choose from two options on the home screens of these services: "a man seeking a woman" or "a woman seeking a man." Last week, approximately 2½ years after the lawsuit was originally filed, Judge Jane L.Johnson of the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles County approved a settlement agreement in which Spark agreed to modify its site and search features to include LGBT singles within two years.Match is also responsible for more gay Christian meetups, dates, relationships, and marriages than any other dating site.