“I have a lot of friends who are biracial couples and they’re in love and they’re happy," Kayla Lemmon said.
The church didn't allow black members until 1978, and Utah is 91 percent white.
Although some expressed outrage about the idea of a whites-only dating site, particularly in Utah, the president of the NAACP's Salt Lake chapter, Jeanetta Williams, told the she simply thinks the concept is "odd." "I just thought it was kind of strange they would put it in Utah," she said. So you're going to put up billboards here so you can meet other white singles?
"That answer is yes, as long as you are at least 18 years of age and you agree to abide by the rules and regulations set forth for all members to follow." The company says it wants to help "connect like minded people in a non discriminatory fashion." A blog post on Where White People Meet.com, based in North Salt Lake, states that the site's staff "won't tolerate rude, aggressive or racist behavior." As of Saturday, the site had more than 300 members, most of whom had apparently joined in response to news reports over the last few days.
The church renounced polygamy in 1890, but the practice continues in some Mormon subcultures.
"I am sure some of you are wondering about the concept and need for a dating website titled 'Where White People Meet. Utah is heavily Mormon, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints condemns homosexuality.