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Dating App Christian Mingle Must Allow Same-Sex Matches, Judge Orders

trevor harper
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The world’s largest Christian online dating service was ordered by a California judge to remove restrictions preventing gay and lesbian singles from connecting.

Now, gays and lesbians can find God's match for them. A California court ruled that dating site Christian Mingle had to allow subscribers to search for matches of the same sex.

The 2013 case brought by two gay men in California argued that the website, which has 15 million subscribers, does not allow for same-sex dating and violated the state's equal protection laws.

Christian Mingle asked new users if they were a "man seeking woman" or "woman seeking man." Under the settlement, the page now just asks if users are "man" or "woman."

Christian Mingle

While the California laws protect sexual orientation, there's mention of gender identity--so "man" or "woman" is as good as it gets.

Spark Networks, which owns the site and several other dating sites, including BlackSingles.com, told The Wall Street Journal it was "pleased to resolve this litigation" and would work during the next two years to take down similar restrictions throughout its sites.

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