But a dating site that is explicitly centered around religious commonality clearly cannot function properly if it is not legally allowed to put religious views into practice.
One wonders, too, how far the demand for inclusivity should go.
The Internet proves that the heavy hand of the law is not needed for private companies to fill in the gaps left by “discriminatory” dating sites, whatever those gaps may be.
Now, Christian Mingle restricts users to either gay or straight relationships with a single individual — users can choose only whether they are listed as male or female, and identify which sex they are attracted to. And the good news is that the market caters to virtually every dating niche.
But this restriction leaves the site open to the attack that it is refusing to cater to those with other gender identities and to those, such as the polyamorous, who do not believe in monogamous relationships. Gay Christian dating services exist, and secular dating apps such as Tinder serve the wider gay community as well as heterosexuals.
There are dating services for those seeking polyamorous relationships, and those who report having gender that varies along a spectrum.
You do not even have to be sure what your gender is to find a site tailored to your romantic needs.
“Nobody wants to have to search through a bunch of profiles of straight folks who are not interested in you,” as Gay Christian Network executive director Justin Lee put it.
In fact, this ruling does not seem to serve anyone: Not the heterosexual user base; not Spark Networks, which got sued into making unplanned changes; and not the LGBT community, which has no way of screening out all those heterosexual Christians gumming up their list of potential matches.
Amazingly, websites that were designed around a certain biblical idea of marriage do not adapt well to those with different romantic ideals.
The presumption gay customers must be served wherever they go makes sense in the context of everyday economic transactions.
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