In a move that has shocked the tech community, Mozilla’s CEO Brendan Eich resigned from his position Thursday after receiving public backlash about his anti-gay marriage views.
Mozilla came under fire for promoting Eich, after it was discovered that he donated $1,000 to support California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage in 2008.
Mozilla posted a blog post announcing the decision:
Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves,”
Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.
Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.
The biggest backlash about Eich’s hire came from the online dating site OkCupid. OkCupid urged its users to use another browser while searching for potential matches on the site. Internally, Mozilla had three board members step down after Eich was promoted to CEO.
Eich responded to the criticism stating that he was committed to making Mozilla welcoming to the LBGT community and that his personal beliefs and professional duties were not intersecting.