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Mozilla CEO resigns amid OkCupid boycott of Firefox; Outcome pleases dating site

Chalk up a win for online dating service OkCupid as a boycott of software company Mozilla has led to the resignation of CEO Brendan Eich amid reports he donated money in support of campaigns to ban gay marriage, according to a report today from Mashable.

In this photo illustration Google's Chrome browser shortcut, Google Inc.'s new Web browser, is displayed next to Mozilla Firefox shortcut and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser shortcut, on an laptop.
In this photo illustration Google's Chrome browser shortcut, Google Inc.'s new Web browser, is displayed next to Mozilla Firefox shortcut and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser shortcut, on an laptop. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

OkCupid said they were “pleased” and “satisfied” with Eich’s resignation, just a few days after the dating site blocked users of Mozilla Internet browser Firefox from its website in protest of the executives political donations in support of California’s Proposition 8.

The ballot measure, which passed with 52 percent of the votes, banned gay marriage in the state until it was ruled unconstitutional and all stays of the law were lifted last summer.

“We are pleased that OkCupid’s boycott has brought tremendous awareness to the critical matter of equal rights for all individuals and partnerships; today’s decision reaffirms Mozilla’s commitment to that cause,” the company said in a statement. “We are satisfied that Mozilla will be taking a number of further affirmative steps to support the equality of all relationships.”

Firefox users hoping to sign on to the dating website were met with a message encouraging them to use other Internet browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

“Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure,” the post to Firefox users said.

Mozilla chairwoman Mitchell Baker apologized today for the company not acting sooner on the issue.

“We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started,” Baker said. “We’re sorry. We must do better.”

An OkCupid spokesperson praised Mozilla to Mashable later in the day, saying, “It’s a great feeling to see a company take a stand that blends its business interests and its principles and have that stand result in a series of actions that makes the world a better place.”

Baker said there’s not a new chief executive line up as of yet, but indicated the company would have more information next week.