[Raunchy Prince was actually a conservative Christian who reportedly opposed gay marriage] There are gay Christians out there looking to date each other who could be in a market for a dating site, said Benjamin Mann, the president of Queer for Christ.
The District-based group has 350 members who meet up at events, but Mann doesn’t anticipate those gay Christians will be on Christian Mingle any time soon.
Now, it asks users their own gender, offering two choices, male or female.
Then it shows them the profiles of users of the other sex, but lets them switch to same-sex profiles if they choose.
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.
[‘I never wanted to be gay': Christian musician comes out, in moving letter to fans] Spark Networks said Christian Mingle has more than 16 million users.
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.
“It hurts my Lord and it hurts my reputation as a husband, father, pastor and the reputation of my church to stay on the advisory board,” he wrote.
The six remaining members of the advisory board listed on Christian Mingle’s website did not respond to The Post’s requests for comment.
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.
But the new search function likely won’t prove very useful to gay men or women — the site now lets them view profiles of the same gender, but does not specifically show them fellow gay users.