The president of Grindr wrote on Facebook that he believes “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman”, sparking backlash inside the gay dating app company.
Scott Chen, who became the president of Grindr after it was bought by a Chinese gaming corporation, wrote and later deleted a lengthy post on his personal page that criticized Christian groups fighting marriage equality, but also suggested that his personal beliefs clashed with gay marriage.
“Some people think the marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman. And I think so too. But that’s your own business,” he wrote in the post, which appeared to be his commentary on a recent gay marriage debate in Taiwan. “Some people think the purpose of the marriage is to have a child carries your DNA. But again, that’s your own business.”
His remarks, which he originally wrote in Chinese, but later translated into English, were publicized Thursday by Into, a digital magazine that is owned by Grindr.
Chen acknowledged his post in a comment responding to the Into article, but said he was a supporter of gay marriage: “The reason I said marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman is based on my own personal experience. I am a straight man married to a woman I love and I have two beautiful daughters I love from the marriage. This is how I feel about my marriage. Different people have their different feelings about their marriages. You can’t deny my feelings about my marriage.”
He added: “I am a huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights since I was young. I support gay marriage and I am proud that I can work for Grindr.”
The original post and his subsequent defense have led to criticisms within the Los Angeles-based corporation, with Grindr’s own publication taking the unusual step of reporting on its parent company and revealing Chen’s remarks.
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Source: The Guardian