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.Eller and La Pointe are hoping to clear up the dispute with the church and officially launch later this year. (“IRI”) involves a secular issue of intellectual property law and not religious doctrine,” Mormon Match said in a statement released to The News.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is crying foul at Mormon Match’s decision to use the Salt Lake Temple and the word “Mormon” on their site, claiming the church has total ownership over those things.
"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 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.
Intellectual Reserve Inc., an organization that manages the church’s trademarks, questioned Eller’s right to use the word Mormon anywhere on his site.The website’s use of the word Mormon "is the central issue of this case," Schick said.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."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.There are a number of dating websites that cater to LDS singles, but most do not use images of the Temple or the word “Mormon” on their sites.