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OKCupid Blocks Firefox in Gay Rights Stand

New Mozilla CEO was gay marriage opponent
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2014 1:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – New Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich's support of California's Proposition 8 against gay marriage has come back to haunt him. Dating site OKCupid is trying to steer Firefox users to other browsers, calling Eich "an opponent of equal rights for gay couples" for donating $1,000 to the campaign in 2008, the BBC reports. "We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OKCupid," reads a letter on OKCupid visible only to Firefox users, offering links to other browsers. "OKCupid is for creating love," the letter says. "Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure."

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OKCupid, does, however, offer a link to its site below the letter, notes the Huffington Post, which has a screengrab. Mozilla says it supports gay rights and complains that OKCupid never contacted it. "Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples," a spokesperson says. "No matter who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the same rights and to be treated equally." But OKCupid isn't the first to protest Eich's appointment: When he was named as chief executive, three Mozilla board members stepped down, reports the Wall Street Journal. (Read more Brendan Eich stories.)

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