BUSTED: ChristianMingle slapped with fine and ordered to no longer exclude same-sex dating ads
The dating website ChristianMingle.com will now have to let people seeking same-sex relationships post ads, the New Civil Rights Movement reports.
A California judge ruled that the website, operated by Spark Networks, violated the state’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which forbids businesses from discriminating against LGBT people in offering their services.
The suit was filed in 2013 and resolved this week.
All of the dating websites run by Sparks will have to update their front pages to accommodate same-sex date seekers. Those websites include CatholicMingle, AdventistSinglesConnection, BlackSingles and JDate. JDate, which caters to Jewish singles, was not part of the lawsuit.
Sparks will have to pay each plaintiff, two gay men, $9,000 plus $450,000 in attorneys fees to the men’s lawyers.
The company has two years to change its website so that gay and lesbian users can be accommodated, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The website ChristianMingle made headlines last month for an eponymous and critically-panned Netflix movie about a woman who uses the dating site, falls in love with a Christian man and then becomes a Christian herself.