Grindr President Calls Marriage 'Holy Matrimony Between a Man and a Woman;' Uh-Oh



Well…what for a thousand years was simply the way of the world is suddenly old school.

Last week, voters in Taiwan gave the thumbs-down to a measure aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage. On Facebook a few days later, Grindr president Scott Chen criticized opponents of the legalization but noted that he personally believes “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman.”


Cue the backlash.

Just google it and see the infinite headlines. There wasn’t nearly so much response when Hillary Clinton said it.

“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. 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.”

Scott’s statements were by no means ultra-right-wing. He asked people who would fight gay marriage to instead invest in more important societal issues. He also specifically derided the founder of HTC’s backing of gay marriage opponents. Oh — and down with Christian organizations:

“Why spend all that money to stop people who love each other from getting married? Aren’t there more important stuff in life?” he wrote, adding later, “I’ll never buy HTC products ever again, and I’ll never donate a cent to any Christian groups in Taiwan!”

Bizarrely, Chen got hit by the digital zine owned by Grindr — Into. The publication’s editor, Zach Stafford, told The Guardian Scott’s attitude opposes the company’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. And marriage for many is an end goal to our app.”


Isn’t it odd that, contemporarily, companies have social-engineering “goals”? What happened to the good ol’ days when every business’s goal was just to make money?

Chen didn’t appreciate Into’s reporting on his position. In the Comments section for the Into article, he called their coverage “unbalanced” and “misleading.”


“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. 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 also roped in other family members:

“I took down this post because there were some heated discussions and my aunt was involved there. She was a really nice Taiwanese lady in her 60s and she is a very convinced Christian like my Dad. I love my aunt. I no longer want her to see the discussion this post so I changed the settings to Friend of Friends and excluded her.”


In this climate, an espoused belief in traditional marriage can bring a sizable load of condemnation, including the kind that gets one fired. At least Scott tried to stand his balanced ground — after all, there’s nothing worse than a weak Chen.


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