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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.
That can raise questions — specifically in the not-super-comfortable context of a first date or message on an app — about how queer Christians are able to reconcile their beliefs with their sexuality, according to Philip Graves, a 23-year-old student from Washington state."Society has conditioned us to see a queer Christian as an oxymoron, and trying to fight to prove that we exist is something you have to do continually, especially in the online dating world," Graves said by phone on Tuesday.
Graves, who identifies as a pansexual Christian, said he's been rejected on a number of dating apps for reasons having to do with some aspect of his beliefs or sexual fluidity, which can get disparaging fast.
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.
“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.
“Like all other companies, we must abide by the laws that govern our state and nation,” the email said.
Prior to the lawsuit, the site offered two options: man seeking woman, or woman seeking man.
"I think one of the nice things about sites that cater more to Christians, is there are certain assumptions going in about shared values that don't exist other places."But those spaces are the ones that haven't been open to queer Christians until now.
As a result, it can still be a huge hurdle to find a relationship in the face of discrimination and exclusion, according to Rev.