Grindr President Believes Marriage is Holy Matrimony Between Men and Women
In response to voters in Taiwan voting down same-sex marriage in a referendum last week, Chen wrote a letter on his personal Facebook page a few days later criticizing the Christian groups who supported the referendum. In the post, he expressed his personal beliefs on marriage.
"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 the since-deleted post written in Chinese. "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."
Marriage, he argued, is a "personal issue," suggesting that laws determining who can and can't be married impede people's personal rights. He then expressed his hope that people would not support anti-LGBT causes, asking why not "donate your money to places that are in dire hunger, poverty, or suffering from war?"
"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!"
Despite his robust defense of gay rights, Chen's nuanced view on marriage has put him on the defensive against the LGBT community.