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Mozilla CEO steps down amid protest from gay marriage views

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About ten days ago Mozilla hired Brendan Eich as their CEO and the gay community expressed outrage over his donation to anti-same-sex marriage campaign.

Brendan Eich donated $1,000 in 2008 for California’s Proposition 8 campaigns. This proposition is about an initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state. It was brought up in 2012. However, now that he was promoted to CEO from the chief technology officers.

Developers of Mozilla’s Firefox browser, the gay community, Mozilla employees expressed their outrage, through blogs, over Eich’s appointment. Many called for his resignation, especially the online dating site OkCupid, who joined and called for a boycott of the Firefox browser.

In contention from Eich’s blog and interviews, saying he was committed to working with the LGBT community and continuing Mozilla’s culture of openness and acceptance. He also apologized for “having caused pain.”

“Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech,” said Mitchell Baker, Mozilla’s executive chairwoman in a blog post announcing the resignation. “Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.”



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