Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich, Steps Down Due To Controversy Following His Beliefs On Same-Sex Marriage

Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich, Steps Down Due To Controversy Following His Beliefs On Same-Sex Marriage (Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Brendan Eich has been the center of much controversy in the last couple of weeks due to his personal beliefs on same sex marriage.

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

This contribution was first made public in 2012 but did not spark controversy until Mozilla appointed him CEO.

On Thursday, Eich officially stepped down as the CEO of Mozilla, after less than two weeks in the position, reports ComputerWorld.

“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.

Early last week several Mozilla employees publically called for his resignation on Twitter, stating that his values did not match that of the company.

The popular dating site, OkCupid, urged members to boycott Firefox by stating, “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.”

Additionally, an online petition with over 70,000 signatures circulated the web calling for his resignation.

“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.”

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