Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns due to pressure over gay marriage viewpoints

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Brendan Eich was the CEO of Mozilla that stepped down due to controversy about support for California’s Proposition 8, which is against gay marriage. Dating website OKCupid sent out a landing page calling for the resignation of Eich. The landing page was shown to users that visited its website using Mozilla Firefox. OKCupid urged users to switch to a different browser.

“Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure,” said OKCupid in a blog post.

On Thursday, Mozilla announced a blog post that Eich would be resigning from the head of the company only 10 days after he began.

“We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better,” said Mozilla in a blog post.

Eich was criticized for a $1,000 donation he made to support Prop 8 in California, which would have made gay marriage illegal unless it was struck down in court.

By Allison Geller, Fri, April 04, 2014

Brendan Eich resigned as CEO of Mozilla amid controversy about his support for California’s Proposition 8 against gay marriage.

OKCupid got its wish. The dating website helped stir up sentiment against Eich by creating a landing page for users accessing its site via Mozilla Firefox, in which it urged users to use a different browser instead of supporting Mozilla and Eich.

“Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure,” it wrote.

Mozilla announced on a blog post Thursday that Eich would be resigning from his position as head of the company just 10 days after he began, acknowledging that it hadn’t been quick enough to address the burgeoning controversy.

“We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better,” the internet browser company said.

Eich was slammed by critics for a $1,000 donation he made to support the passing of Prop 8 in California, which would have made gay marriage illegal if it had not been later struck down in court.

“We have employees with a wide diversity of views,” added Mozilla in a blog post. “Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.”

Mozilla did not say who Eich will be replaced with.

[Source: Mozilla Blog]

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