"We believe we are well within our rights to protect both the use of the name of the church and the image of the Salt Lake temple and to make clear that the plaintiff's business has no connection whatsoever to the church," attorney Robert Schick told the Houston Chronicle.The church’s moves—and alleged backhanded attempts to shut down the site—came as a surprise to founders Jonathan Eller and Matthew La Pointe.
The News' requests for comment from LDS church and from IRI were not returned.
Mormon Match decided to sue the church for its “clandestine” tactics.
Online dating allows one to be more specific in what he or she is looking for and makes it easier to find a person with common interests and qualities, Joner said.
“Make sure you’re honest on your profile and talk for a little while before you meet,” Joner said.
But Eller and other commentors lamented that these other sites were trolled by “creepers.” “We’re a little worried about the lack of local options in our ward, we’ve already tried the other ‘LDS’ dating sites (not built or maintained by LDS peeps) with only battle scars and creepo stories to show for it,” Eller writes on Mormon Match.
The new site is being built by LDS singles, who promise to review all profiles.
“It can be awkward at first, but it’s a great way to weed out those you don’t want before you find the right one.” There have been past assumptions in the LDS community that online dating was only for older singles or those not surrounded by members.
However, there has been a significant increase of young single adults in Provo trying their luck with online dating.
The two come from Mormon pioneer families and claim a deep and authentic belief in the tenets of Mormonism. "I'm hoping we can come to a mutually beneficial arrangement.
I don't want to do any harm to the church." Representatives for the church reportedly wrote to the company that was hosting Mormon Match and asked for it to be taken offline immediately.
"Instead of answering any of our messages, IRI secretly sent a letter to our website hosting company that nearly caused a catastrophe for the company," said Mormon Match’s lawyer Sid Rao.