Grindr's President Comes Under Fire for Gay Marriage Post

Friday November 30, 2018

The new president of the gay dating app Grindr is coming under fire this week for a Facebook post some believed to carry an anti-same-sex marriage sentiment, The New York Times reports.

Writing in Chinese, Scott Chen took to Facebook to say he would boycott any company that he perceived to be against marriage equality. But a specific line in his post drew the ire from some.

"Some people think that marriage is a holy union between a man and a woman, I think so too, but that's your own business," he wrote in the now-deleted post.

The post was first reported by the website Into, a publication owned by Grindr.

Chen responded by post in the site's comments section. He said the article was "unbalanced and misleading." The post the site published was translated by Facebook.

"The reason I said marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman is based on my own personal experience," he said. "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."

He also wrote: "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."

Chen also took aim at Into for not asking him to comment on the post before publishing the story. The site's editor-in-chief, Zac Stafford, said a reporter asked for a comment through a Grindr spokesperson but did not receive a response.

The NYTimes reports Chen's Facebook posting was a response to the recent defeat of a same-sex marriage referendum in Taiwan, where he has family and went to school. The newspaper also points out that many of Grindr's user took issue with his post and that Out Magazine published an article called, "The President of Grindr Just said He's AGAINST Gay Marriage."

The NYTimes also found Chen's Facebook posts supporting LGBTQ rights.

Grindr was sold to the Chinese gaming company Kunlun Group in January where Chen became the app's chief technology officer. He became the president of Grindr in August. Over the summer, the company vowed to curb sexual racism with "Kindr."

Find Chen's full Facebook post, translated from Chinese to English via The NYTimes, below:

Some people think that marriage is a holy union between a man and a woman, I think so too, but that's your own business.

Some people think that the purpose of marriage is to bring up children with your own DNA, but that's your own business.

But there are people who aren't the same as you, and desperately hope that they can also get married; they have their own reasons for wanting that.

Getting married is personal. If you have money, can't you donate to people suffering from poverty, hunger, war or natural disasters, those who are truly in need of it? Why do you spend so much money to prevent people in love from getting married? Aren't there other important things in your life?

It's true, I won't buy HTC products for the rest of my life, and I won't donate any money to Taiwan's Christian groups ever again for the rest of my life!

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