For a lot of gay Christian men especially, there can be a kind of uneasy relationship with those apps, where they want to meet people, but not to be seen as looking for a hookup,” Lee said.
As a result more and more are flocking online to find a relationship that lasts. Elite Singles can ease this process by taking the guess work out of dating and connecting like minded singles that are making a concerted effort to find a long-lasting and committed relationship. This means that the profiles we suggest to our users are made with lasting compatibility in mind.
In order to establish each individual’s partner preferences and requirements, Elite Singles requests all new members to fill out an extensive personality questionnaire.
The company also operates Jewish dating sites JDate and JSwipe; dating sites for Catholics, Mormons and Seventh-day Adventists; Black Singles, Deaf Singles and Military Singles; and a site for “Big Beautiful Women and Their Admirers.” One of the pastors on the Christian Mingle advisory board parted ways with the company after learning it would allow gay users.
“When I came on board, CM assured me that they would hold to the biblical definition of dating and marriage,” Texas pastor Clayton Coates wrote in an email to The Post.
If Spark Networks or another company created an app tailored to the Christian LGBT community, they say, there would be a market. Follow Acts of Faith on Twitter or sign up for our newsletter.
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[What happened when an Orthodox Jewish congregation went to a gay bar to mourn Orlando victims] The lawsuit, according to Christianity Today, argued that Christian Mingle violated California’s non-discrimination law that prohibits for-profit companies, such as Spark Networks, which owns Christian Mingle, from discriminating against customers on the basis of sexual orientation, among other categories.
In an email to The Washington Post, Spark Networks said it has no plans to advertise the site to gay Christians, or to go further to make the site work for gay or bisexual users.
Men can now check out men, and women can search for women, on the religious dating site Christian Mingle, which previously sanctioned only heterosexual relationships.
The site opened to gay users after settling a lawsuit that claimed that it violated California’s non-discrimination law.
Unlike several other dating sites, which specifically show gay users the profiles of fellow gay users, a lesbian who searches Christian Mingle for women now would end up mostly viewing the profiles of straight women. That’s clearly not ideal for gay or straight users: “Nobody wants to have to search through a bunch of profiles of straight folks who are not interested in you,” Lee said.