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A class-action lawsuit filed in 2013 by two gay men alleged that Spark Networks, which owns Christian Mingle and several other faith-based dating sites, had broken California anti-discrimination laws by making it impossible for same-sex couples to match. (David Silverman/Getty Images) God-loving gay singles have won the right to mingle on the world's most popular Christian dating site — and every other faith-based matchmaking network owned by its parent company, following a California court ruling.
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.
Christian Mingle's homepage now asks users only for their gender."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.Twitter critics of the court decision are saying that it's the result of a "bully verdict," an assault on religious liberty, or worse.Others though, are celebrating the move as an act of inclusion for a group that, despite much progress, still faces discrimination and violence on account of who they love.