Brendan Eich, who became the company's chief executive less than two weeks ago, faced a firestorm over his support for California's Proposition 8, the 2008 law which banned gay marriage in the stateQuote has been trimmed
The CEO of Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox web browser, has resigned following controversy over his stance against gay marriage. Brendan Eich, a co-founder of the organization who was tapped to be chief officer less than two weeks ago, has faced intense criticism for his $1,000 donation to support Proposition 8, a 2008 California law that banned same-sex marriages.
“Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it,” Mitchell Baker, Mozilla’s executive chairwoman, wrote in a blog post. “We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy. We’re sorry. We must do better.”
Following the selection of Eich as CEO, multiple Mozilla employees publicly criticized the choice because of his support of Proposition 8. Half of Mozilla’s board of directors resigned last week, though the company has said their departures were not related to Elch’s donation.
In her blog post, Baker said the company had not yet decided on a new CEO. She also stressed that Mozilla supports equality for all regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. “While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web,” she wrote. “So all of us can...
This was a cause that happened to be pretty widely popular in California at the time(they did win after all), so I don't think it is necessarily productive to use it as a list of people who are forever and always enemies of equality.