Gay people have no shortage of dating apps and websites to find true love on—or at least true lust. But ChristianMingle.com, the popular Christian dating site, has offered no same-sex options—until now.
A California judge has ruled that the site violates the state’s civil rights law barring businesses from denying services to LGBT people and has given them three years to comply.
Two gay men first filed suit against the site's parent company, Sparks, in 2013. This week's ruling means all of the company's sites—including CatholicMingle, BlackSingles, and AdventistSinglesConnection—will have to add same-sex options.
Another Sparks site, JDate, caters to Jewish singles and already welcomes gays and lesbians.
Exactly how the company will comply with the order is unclear: After multiple lawsuits over its refusal to accept gay and lesbian profiles, eHarmony started a separate site, CompatiblePartners.com.
At the time, founder Neil Clark Warren stated homosexuality was "a painful way for a lot of people to have to live."
On Facebook, ChristianMingle.com posted an article with the headline "Why a Test of Faith is Something to be Thankful for."
The accompanying caption read "Trials are never fun, but it’s helpful to know that God is working through them."
"Now I see ChristianMingle got sued and lost from the sodomites," wrote one commenter. "Why don't you all become nonprofit and tell the sodomites to shove it? They are forcing their beliefs on others."
Do we really want to be a part of this?