When you think about people who have traditional views of marriage, certain images probably come to mind. There’s a good chance that they’re conservative, Christian, and go to church on Sunday.
An image that doesn’t pop into your head, it’s safe to say, is the president of the largest gay hookup network in the world.
In a somewhat unexpected turn, a key leader behind the gay dating app “Grindr” recently spoke his mind about same-sex marriage, but his comments didn’t fit the standard narratives.
According to The Daily Wire, Grindr President Scott Chen last week published and then later removed a lengthy Facebook post about gay marriage. While Chen generally stands in favor of same-sex marriage laws, he surprised many people by admitting that his own views were rather traditional.
“There are people who believe that marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman. I agree,” Chen wrote, according to The Daily Wire.
However, he then added the caveat that it’s “none of our business” if other people see marriage differently.
It was essentially a libertarian point of view that argued that, while Chen personally thinks marriage should be between one man and one woman for the main purpose of raising children, it isn’t the government’s job to push this definition on citizens.
“The reason I said marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman is based on my own personal experience,” Chen clarified after he faced major backlash from the gay community, according to the U.K. Guardian.
“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 continued.
“Different people have their different feelings about their marriages,” the gay dating app president continued. “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.”
Chen has already come under fire for holding these views, and it seems very likely that he will continue to be criticized by the left and so-called “social justice warriors” for the foreseeable future.
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It’s happened before. Another tech executive, Brendan Eich of Mozilla, was essentially forced to resign in 2014 after he dared to give some of his personal money to a group defending traditional marriage.
For all the claims of “inclusiveness” and “valuing diversity” from liberals who dominate Silicon Valley and social media companies, those same people are often the least tolerant when it comes to actually championing diverse views.
All too often, “celebrating diversity” becomes a proverbial witch hunt the moment a tech insider is revealed to hold personal views that don’t perfectly match a prevailing narrative. This, of course, is the polar opposite of true diversity and freedom of speech.
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it” is a saying often attributed to Greek philosopher Aristotle.
Aristotle may not have actually said it, but it’s brilliant wisdom. People should be able to discuss and disagree on issues without being burned at the proverbial stake.
While Chen may be far from a conservative, his take on gay marriage is at least thought out andm if nothing elsem is his own view that doesn’t simply parrot others. That by itself is refreshing … and increasingly rare.
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