Mozilla CEO resigns amid gay marriage controversy

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has stepped down amid a controversy over his views on gay marriage.
Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has stepped down amid a controversy over his views on gay marriage.

Originally published in Christian Life News

Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich has stepped down, the company said on Thursday, after an online dating service urged a boycott of the company’s web browser because of a donation Eich made to opponents of gay marriage.

The software company came under fire for appointing Eich as CEO last month. In 2008, he gave money to oppose the legalization of gay marriage in California, a hot-button issue especially at a company that boasts about its policy of inclusiveness and diversity.

“We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act,” wrote Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker in a blog post. “We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry.”

The next step for Mozilla’s leadership “is still being discussed,” she added, with more information to come next week.

While gay activists applauded the move, many in the technology community lamented the departure of Eich, who invented the programming language Javascript and co-founded Mozilla.

“Brendan Eich is a good friend of 20 years, and has made a profound contribution to the Web and to the entire world,” venture capitalist Marc Andreessen tweeted.

Eich donated $1 000 in 2008 in support of California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state until it was struck down by the Supreme Court in June.

His resignation came days after, the popular online dating site, called for a boycott of Mozilla Firefox to protest the world’s No. 2 Web browser naming a gay marriage opponent as chief executive.

On Monday, OkCupid sent a message to visitors who accessed the website through Firefox, suggesting they use browsers such as Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer or Google Inc’s Chrome.

“Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples,” the message said. “We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.”

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  2. Good riddance !

    God is LOVE! Treat Gay people like the bible says! Do unto others… Love thy neighbor…

  3. Maybe we as Christians should threaten to boycott Mozilla if they fold so easily. Well done Mr Eich for standing for your belief.

  4. I oppose gay marriage not gay people. I oppose the act of homosexuality not the homosexual people.
    The man donated money in his personal capacity which had nothing to do with his business and is punished for his personal belief and views. He at least had the dignity to resign unlike those who persecuted him for his beliefs. Yes God is LOVE. He loves all of us sinners but God does not love our sin. My God anyway. Who are we, mere sinners to dictate to God. Whoever does, does not know God and dictates at his own peril.

  5. God is most certainly a God of Love, He is a respecter of no one ! God is also Holy, Just, Gracious and soooooo Merciful not wanting none of us to perish in our sins. (1 Corinthians 6) To Love thy neighbour is to share Gods Grace with them. A Grace revealed through the greatest expression of His “LOVE” … by sending His Son to die for our sins so that all may receive Him not only as Savior but through His grace to recieve the will and power to turn away from immorality and make Him our Lord.

  6. I dont hate people but i hate the state of gay people, i am one of those people who don’t embrace gay marriages why should they get married in the first place. biologically they wont re-produce, biblically this is a curse “Therefore God also gave up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves. vs 26 for this cause God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women change the natural use into that which is against nature.vs 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of women, burned in their lust one towards another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. Romens 1v 24&26-27 (KJV)

  7. Welldone Brenden stand for the truth and stand firm, oppose ungodlyness at all cost even if it means lose your job God will provide a way better job for you. please read the whole book of Jude.

  8. Surely this has nothing to do with his views – it has to do with his right to say it.