Even though the couple didn’t last past the summer, Spencer, 32, was nevertheless grateful to have met a like-minded man who shared her passion for the Christian faith.“If I said I didn’t want somebody without a Christian background, I would be lying to myself, and wasting my time,” she said.But Russell said because he lives here he started advertising here and plans to expand to other states.

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Mendelsohn says research shows that marriage among partners of the same religion is on the decline.

While young people are more likely than ever to date outside their religion, those who still prefer to date within their religion are capitalizing on niche online communities.

With the tensions and conflicts that can exist in a relationship, Spencer said the foundation of faith becomes an important unifying force.

Sociologist Gerald Mendelsohn says the practice of choosing a romantic partner with a shared religion, culture, ethnicity and or nationality, is driving the demand for niche religious dating sites like Christian Mingle, JDate, which caters to Jewish singles, and Muslima, for Muslims.

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