Grindr’s president Scott Chen has responded to criticism after Grindr’s publication Into reported that he had called marriage “a holy matrimony between a man and a woman.”
Grindr is wholly owned by Chinese technology firm Kunlun Group, which is best known as a mobile gaming company.
“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,” Chen wrote.
Chen, who is straight, commented on Into‘s original article to clarify that his comments were based on his “personal experience” of marriage.
“I am a straight man married to a woman I love and I have two beautiful daughters I love from the marriage,” he wrote.
“This is how I feel about my marriage,” Chen said. “You can’t deny my feelings about my marriage.”
Chen went on to say that he is “a huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights”.
“I support gay marriage and I am proud that I can work for Grindr,” he said.
Chen’s clarification suggests that though he personally holds a ‘traditional’ view of of marriage, he supports the rights of same-sex couples to marry.
He called the original report “unbalanced and misleading” and said it “hurts Into’s and Grindr’s reputation”.
On the original post, Chen stated that he would boycott the companies involved in funnelling money towards anti-LGBTI rights efforts.
The comments have caused unrest among employees at Grindr, with Into‘s editor-in-chief Zach Stafford tweeting his disappointment about the revelation.
We are reporting this as the media property owned by Grindr and will be updating this as the story develops.
— Zach Stafford (@ZachStafford) November 29, 2018
Earlier this year, Grindr launched a major campaign to combat discrimination on the app, banning exclusionary language from profiles.