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The company did not admit to any wrongdoing, but it did agree to pay each plaintiff ,000 US and cover the 0,000 they had accumulated together in legal fees.Christian Mingle's homepage now asks users only for their gender.Therefore we believe every relationship is worth fighting for.This is why you can only join c Match if you're truly single — it means you can't join if you're 'almost divorced' or separated.In filing a class-action lawsuit, the men alleged that Spark was breaking California anti-discrimination laws by making it impossible for members of the LGBT community to use its services.Same-sex Christian couples couldn't be matched through Christian Mingle because members couldn't register as gay in the first place.The suit against Spark states that, at the time of its filing, individuals wishing to use the Spark dating sites for Christians, Catholics, Mormons, Seventh-day Adventists, military singles and black singles could only choose from two options on the home screens of these services: "a man seeking a woman" or "a woman seeking a man." Last week, approximately 2½ years after the lawsuit was originally filed, Judge Jane L.
Under the terms of the court agreement, this will change — though there's a vocal contingent of people online who don't believe it should.
"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.
"I thought Christian Mingle was a website for Christians to mingle," wrote one commenter on a forum post about the ruling.
"I guess that's not allowed." "Of course it is," another person replied.