Mozilla boss Brendan Eich quits after backlash for supporting gay-marriage ban

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich stepped down yesterday after getting fierce criticism for donating money to oppose the legalisation of gay marriage.

The news comes after dating website OKCupid asked its users to block Firefox for Eich’s comments.

In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to support California’s Proposition 8, astate constitutional amendment which banned gay marriage in the state.  

“We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act,” wrote Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker in a blog post. “We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry.”

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, who has invested in LinkedIn and sits on the board of Facebook, sent out a series of tweets in support for Eich.

Mozilla is expected to announce Eich’s replacement next week.

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  • I personally don't have much time for the views of people like Brendan Eich but I am also sure that he is entitled to free speech and to air a different view to others. I am not sure what Mozilla has to do with the whole issue. For me free speech is more important than the issue surrounding the legalisation of gay marriage. If we are centering on the political beliefs of global CEO's I imagine there are a few worse than Brendan Eich.

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