A top executive at Grindr, the largest gay dating app in the world has resigned just weeks after the company’s president said he believes marriage is between a man and woman.
Landon Rafe Zumwalt, the head of communications for Grindr, made the announcement in an open letter shared on Medium.
‘As an out and proud gay man madly in love with a man I don’t deserve, I refused to compromise my own values or professional integrity to defend a statement that goes against everything I am and everything I believe,’ Zumwalt wrote.
‘While that resulted in my time at Grindr being cut short, I have absolutely no regrets. And neither should you.’
Zumwalt was referring to a Facebook post shared last month by the company’s president, Scott Chen.
In the post, Chen said: ‘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,’ Chen added.
Chen also wrote in the now-deleted post that ‘there are people that are simply different from you, who desperately want to get married. They have their own reasons’.
He later clarified his statement, saying: ‘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.