Dating website OKCupid warns off Firefox users in gay-rights row

The free dating website OKCupid has advised users of Mozilla’s Firefox to change web browser, in a row over the tech firm’s gay-rights record.

According to OKCupid, the Mozilla chief executive, Brendan Eich, supported California’s proposition 8 law to ban gay marriage alongside a donation of $1,000.

Upon visiting the site, Firefox users are currently being greeted with the following message:

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The message continues: “Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there’s a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we’re asserting ourselves today. This is why: we’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal.

“We are sad to think that any OkCupid page loads would even indirectly contribute towards the success of an individual who supported Prop 8—and who for all we know would support it again.”

It adds: “We urge you to consider different software for accessing OkCupid.”

Although the proposition 8 law was initially passed, it was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 2013.


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