The president of gay dating app Grindr is in hot water for saying he agrees that ‘marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and woman.’
Scott Chen, who has a wife and two daughters, made the remarks Monday in a now-deleted Facebook post, which was screenshotted and shared by Grindr’s news vertical INTO.
The site reports that the California-based CTO had shared an article on Facebook about HTC president and CEO Cher Wang supporting anti-LGBTQ causes through two nonprofit organizations and her attempt to influence Taiwan’s same-sex marriage decision.
Chen responded to a comment on his post and elaborated on his own views on the issue while bashing Wang for funding organizations against gay marriage and pledging not to buy any of her smartphones and accessories from her Taiwan-based company.
‘There are people who believe that marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman. I agree but that’s none of our business,’ Chen wrote in Chinese, which was translated by an independent translator for INTO.
Scott Chen, pictured with his two daughters, is the president of gay dating app Grindr, the largest queer dating app in the world
Chen had shared an article about HTC president Cher Wang funding two anti-LGBTQ organizations and in a comment said he agrees that marriage is a ‘holy matrimony between man and woman’ but also bashed Wang
‘There are also people who believe that the purpose of marriage is to create children that carry their DNA. That’s also none of our business. There are people that are simply different from you, who desperately want to get married. They have their own reasons,’ he added
He continued by taking a jab at HTC’s Wang: ‘Getting married is a personal thing, rich can’t donate to the real poor hungry war disaster that needs help? Why spend money to stop people in love from getting married? Is nothing important in life?’
‘Right, I won’t buy HTC Products for a lifetime, and I won’t donate any money to Taiwan’s Christian groups for a lifetime!’
Chen became Grindr’s Chief Technology Officer in 2017 after Chinese gaming corporation Kunlun bought the app. It is the largest queer dating app in the world.
INTO’s Editor-in-Chief Zach Stafford wrote on Twitter Thursday: ‘Today we at INTO have learned that the current president of Grindr believes that same-sex marriage is a ”holy matrimony between men and women.”’
‘We are reporting this as the media property owned by Grindr and will be updating this as the story develops,’ he wrote in a subsequent tweet.
Chen, pictured with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2011, disputed claims that he is anti-LGBTQ
Chen disputed INTO’s article, calling it ‘unbalanced and misleading’ in a comment directed to staff writer Matthew Rodriguez.
‘Matthew, I wish you asked my comments before you publish this. This article is unbalanced and misleading. It hurts my feelings and it also hurts INTO’s and Grindr’s reputation,’ Chen replied.
‘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,’ he explained.
Chen then said he deleted the post because his 60-year-old conservative aunt got involved in the ‘heated discussion’ that transpired under the post.
‘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 concluded.
DailyMail.com reached out to Chen for comment but has not yet heard back.
‘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 said