Firefox CEO Resigns Following Anti-Gay Marriage Controversy

Firefox CEO Resigns Following Anti-Gay Marriage Controversy (Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich, has announced his resignation following the controversy surrounding his views on gay marriage.

“I have decided to resign as CEO effective today, and leave Mozilla. Our mission is bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader. I will be taking time before I decide what to do next,” said Eich in a statement provided by Mozilla.

Eich contributed $1,000 in 2008 in support of Proposition 8, a California law that was in favor of banning same-sex marriage. The law passed with over 52 percent votes but was later found to be unconstitutional by the courts, ComputerWorld reports.

Last week Mozilla employees posted to Twitter calling for his resignation, stating that his values did not match that of the company.

An online petition with over 70,000 signatures of people who wanted Eich to step down also circulated the web last week.

The online dating service, OkCupid, asked members to boycott Firefox by posting on their site, “Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.”

“What’s next for Mozilla’s leadership is still being discussed. We want to be open about where we are in deciding the future of the organization and will have more information next week,” says a blog post from the company. “However, our mission will always be to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just: that’s what it means to protect the open Web.”