- The Washington Times - Friday, November 30, 2018

The president of the gay dating app Grindr is trying to clarify comments he made in a recent social media post that appeared to suggest he opposed same-sex marriage.

Scott Chen, who became the president of Grindr in August after it was bought by Chinese tech firm Kunlun Group, wrote a now-deleted Facebook post this week saying that while he believes marriage is a “holy matrimony between a man and a woman,” those beliefs shouldn’t be forced on others and that everyone should have the right to get married.

“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, first in Chinese and then in English. “Some people think the purpose of the marriage is to have a child carries [sic] your DNA. But again, that’s your own business.”

Mr. Chen’s comments came just days after voters in Taiwan rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum. He said he opposed Christian groups who actively fight against marriage equality.

While his post was ultimately in favor of marriage equality, his comments about a “holy matrimony” caused widespread backlash, including by Grindr’s own publication, Into.

Into editor Zach Stafford told the Guardian that Mr. Chen’s comments ran contrary to the app’s values.

“Grindr’s goal as a company is to help seek the full equity of all LGBT people’s rights around the world, especially when it comes to dating and love,” Mr. Stafford said. “And marriage for many is an end goal to our app.”

Mr. Chen called Into’s reporting “unbalanced,” “misleading” and damaging to Grindr’s reputation, the Guardian reported. In a comment responding to the Into article, Mr. Chen clarified that he is a supporter of gay marriage, and that he was only talking about his own experience of being a married straight man.

“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. Different people have their different feelings about their marriages. You can’t deny my feelings about my marriage.”

“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,” he added.

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