Grindr: Application President Says Marriage is “Between a Man and a Woman” | Grindr
The president of Grindr wrote on Facebook that he believed “marriage is a sacred marriage between a man and a woman”, triggering a backlash within the gay dating app company.
Scott Chen, who became president of Grindr after it was taken over by a Chinese video game company, wrote and then deleted a long article on his personal page that criticized Christian groups fighting against marriage equality, but also suggested that his beliefs personal conflict with same-sex marriage.
âSome people think that marriage is a sacred marriage between a man and a woman. And I think so too. But it’s your own business, âhe wrote in the post, which appeared to be his commentary on a recent debate over same-sex marriage in Taiwan. âSome people think the purpose of marriage is for a child to carry your DNA. But again, it’s your own business.
His remarks, originally written in Chinese but later translated into English, were made public Thursday by In, a digital magazine owned by Grindr.
Chen acknowledged his post in a comment responding to Into’s article, but said he was a supporter of same-sex marriage: âThe reason I said marriage is a sacred marriage 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 that I love from marriage. This is how I feel about my marriage. Different people have different feelings about their marriage. You can’t deny my feelings about my marriage.
He added: âI have been a huge advocate for LGBTQ + rights since I was young. I support same-sex marriage and am proud to be able to work for Grindr.
The original post and its subsequent defense drew criticism within the Los Angeles-based company, with Grindr’s own post taking the unusual step of reporting on its parent company and revealing Chen’s remarks.
Zach Stafford, editor-in-chief of Into and director of content for Grindr, told The Guardian that Chen’s comments were not in line with the values ââof the app: when it comes to dating and love. . And marriage for many is an end goal of our app.
Joel Simkhai, founder of Grindr, announced his departure as CEO earlier this year after Kunlun Group, a Chinese technology company, completed the full acquisition of the app, which has 3.8 million daily users. worldwide. Chen first served as CTO and recently became president.
Chen, who is based in Los Angeles, criticized the Into report in his response, calling the article “unbalanced and misleading,” adding: “It hurts me and it also damages the reputation of Into and Grindr. “.
Stafford, a former Guardian writer, said that Into’s editorial decisions were independent of Grindr, adding: âWe stand by reportingâ¦ We are very interested in telling the stories that have the most impact on gay peopleâ¦ Into staff consider it doing its job. “
Chen posted the original comment on Facebook earlier this week, days after voters in Taiwan rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum. LGBT activists are fighting to make the island the first country in Asia to allow same-sex couples to share child custody and insurance benefits.
The referendum, aimed at stopping the historic legalization effort, was organized by Christian groups. In his original post, Chen said, âI will not donate to any Christian organization based in Taiwan.
Chen later said he pulled the post because it led to “heated discussions” involving a relative.
Chen and a spokesperson for Grindr did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Acquisition of Grindr by Kunlun raised privacy concerns earlier this year, and Grindr came under intense scrutiny in the spring after being revealed that the app provided users’ HIV status data to external companies.