ChristianMingle (and related sites like Black and AdventistSingles) Opens Doors to Gay Singles

Discussion in 'LGBT News and Events' started by Jaa, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. Jaa

    The 100 Daps Club

    Sep 15, 2015
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    Back in 2013, a couple of Californian guys filed claims that ChristianMingle and several other Sparks Networks-owned dating sites violated a civil rights act requiring businesses to accommodate people regardless of sexual orientation. The court agreed and now those sites merely require you to state that you are a man or a woman rather than a "man seeking a woman" or "woman seeking a man" and will later provide more tailored experiences. Spark Networks' JDate wasn't included, probably because it already accommodates those seeking same-sex partners, unlike their sites for blacks, the deaf, the military and BBWs.


    ChristianMingle Opens Doors to Gay Singles Under Settlement

    The owner of online dating site 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 Spark Networks Inc. in California courts in 2013 alleging that and several other sites in the company’s portfolio of niche dating services excluded users looking to meet singles of the same sex.

    ChristianMingle, 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.

    Known as the Unruh Civil Rights Act, the state law requires “business establishments” to offer “full and equal accommodations” to people regardless of their sexual orientation.

    Under the agreement, the gateway homepages now ask just whether a user is a “man” or a “woman.” Spark Networks agreed that within two years, it would adjust other searching and profile features to give gay and lesbian singles a more tailored experience.

    The terms approved by a state judge on Monday also apply to other Spark sites— including, and— that had operated in the same way.

    Spark Networks also owns the popular online Jewish matchmaker, which wasn’t part of the litigation.

    Spark Networks also agreed to pay each plaintiff $9,000 each and $450,000 in attorneys’ fees to the two men’s lawyers. The company didn’t admit any wrongdoing as part of the agreement, which was reported by the Daily Journal legal newspaper.

    “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.

    A representative of Spark Networks said the company was “pleased to resolve this litigation.”
  2. Dante

    The Great Debater The 1000 Daps Club

    Sep 18, 2015
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    Baltimore, MD
    You still will not catch me on there looking for anything. I can suspect that there are some closeted SGL men on there trying to get some dick and ass while their wives or gfs are not in their presence.

    I will stick to the Jackds and the Grindrs I am used to.
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