Mozilla CEO Resigns Over Stance Against Gay Marriage
Brendan Eich is out after Prop 8 backlash
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2014 3:31 PM CDT
A file photo of Brendan Eich.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – The CEO of Mozilla has resigned after only about a week on the job over his opposition to gay marriage, reports MarketWatch. Brendan Eich decided to step down "for Mozilla and our community," the company said today in a blog post. Eich's appointment as CEO began generating criticism—like this, from OKCupid—almost immediately because he donated $1,000 back in 2008 in support of California's Prop 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state.

At first, both he and the company insisted that Eich would remain on the job. “It’s important that Mozilla be different, to have this inclusiveness that brings people together," he told VentureBeat a few days ago. "And it may not seem like it, but I think I can do that.” But Mozilla chair Mitchell Baker announced the reversal of course today. "We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act," she wrote in the blog post. "We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better."

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FUBABY
Apr 7, 2014 4:40 PM CDT
If you don't like what someone says, don't buy their products. The actions of bullies should never be rewarded with the life's blood of their victim.
Lou Bernardo
Apr 6, 2014 5:45 PM CDT
The super fanatical queens in SF are mostly nuts and probably celebrate this. They like free speech when it's something they agree with. Mozilla (Fire Fox) should be ashamed of their actions.
homer1057
Apr 4, 2014 3:39 PM CDT
So what is wrong w/this guy standing up against what is right? Is it now become normal to not being able to stand against the wrong! I mean Homosexuality is wrong! We will have to choose sides and I choose the same side this man chose!