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Gay Sex App Recruits Former Top Republican Staffer As Lobbyist

A gay dating app has hired a former chief of staff to a prominent Republican senator to lobby on the app’s behalf.

Joe Huck, former chief of staff to Nebraska Republican Sen. Deb Fischer and now a lobbyist for the Daschle Group, confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation that he will lead a team working for Grindr to influence policy in Congress. Huck and the Daschle Group will push for policies supported by the Grindr for Equality initiative, which expands access to IVF and surrogacy for LGBTQ people, while also promoting LGBTQ rights around the world, Politico Influence reported. report.

For the time being, Daschle Group has no plans to work to advance Grindr’s interests on data privacy, labor, or tech policy issues, according to Politico Influence.

Grindr for Equality Established Launched in 2012 by a gay dating platform of the same name, the campaign was an effort to get members of the gay community to support pro-LGBTQ candidates in that year’s election. Since then, the campaign has expanded its mission to oppose laws that seek to restrict transgender medical procedures for young people and advocate for including gender identity on government-issued identification documents. according to To that website.

“Grindr is all about connections,” said Dorian Juarez, Grindr for Equality program manager. Said In a video promoting the initiative in 2022. “I spend most of my time in love, dating and having sex.” (Related article: Lobbyists love Democrats in these battleground states)

“and [Grindr for Equality] “We are able to connect activists and their work with local Grindr users,” she continued.

In the video, Jack Harrison Quintana, the effort’s director, pointed to a program called “Grind the Vote,” in which the group worked with local organizations to register voters and ensure the gay community was represented at the ballot box.

Haq worked for Fischer from 2012 to 2021 and was the first Republican lobbyist hired by the Daschle Group. according to Please visit their website. Mr. Fisher was against same-sex marriage while he worked for her and voted against same-sex marriage in 2022. Against A bill that provides federal protections for same-sex marriage.

The Daschle Group was founded by former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, according to its website. Daschle said: CatholicDuring his term, he opposed same-sex marriage and also opposed a 2004 constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman, the Ledger reported. report.

“Marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman,” Daschle said at the time, according to the Ledger, but qualified his remarks by adding that the amendment was “not an urgent need.”

Daschle Group and Grindr did not immediately respond to DCNF’s requests for comment.

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