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According to the legal settlement, Christian Mingle and other Spark-owned matchmaking sites — Catholic Mingle.com, Adventist Singles and Black — must cease asking users if they are men seeking women or women seeking men.Instead, the sites will only ask users if they are men or women and then allow them to seek heterosexual or homosexual relationships.The Spark-owned sites cannot return to asking users if they are men seeking women or vice versa unless the site “provides similar prompts which allow individuals seeking a same-sex match partner to enter and use the sites without having to state that they are seeking a match with someone of the opposite sex,” according to the settlement.

Compared to attractiveness, status played a smaller role in dating desire.

ABSTRACT: This study tested a transactional hypothesis predicting early adult sexual coercion from family maltreatment, early adolescent gang affiliation, and socialization of adolescent friendships that support coercive relationship norms.

The longitudinal study of a community sample of 998 11-year-olds was intensively assessed in early and middle adolescence and followed to 23–24 years of age.

The settlement ordered Spark to pay $9,000 each to the two homosexual men “as a service reward for their efforts on behalf of the Settlement Class and release of their damages claims.” Spark must also pay $450,000 in their legal opponents’ attorneys’ fees.

In 2008, a judge forced the creator of the matchmaking service e to cater to same-sex couples.

The present study examined partner preferences of homosexual and heterosexual men and woman, focusing on attractiveness and status.Homosexual (N=591 men; M age=28.87 years, SD=10.21; N=249 women; M age=33.36 years, SD=13.12) and heterosexual participants (N=346 men; M age=39.74 years, SD=14.26; N=400 women; M age=35.93 years, SD=13.72) rated the importance of attractiveness and social status of potential partners and then, in a vignette test, expressed their desire to date hypothetical potential partners based on photographs that varied in attractiveness and status-related profiles.With ratings, heterosexual men valued attractiveness the most, followed by homosexual men, heterosexual women, and homosexual women.Heterosexual women rated social status as most important.When status profiles were manipulated and accompanied with photographs of faces, the pattern of differences between homosexuals and heterosexuals supported the self-reported results.Overall, homosexual men and women have similar mate preferences to heterosexual men and women by showing more dating desire for attractive and high social status persons.