The appointment of Proposition 8 supporter Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla has provoked howls of dissent within the company’s ranks and on its board of directors. Now the broader tech community has begun to weigh in, starting with OK Cupid.
Users of the IAC-owned dating site who access it through Mozilla’s Firefox browser have started receiving a message asking them not to use software made by a company whose CEO has donated money to outlaw gay marriage in California.
Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience.
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.
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. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it’s professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.
If you want to keep using Firefox, the link at the bottom will take you through to the site.
However, we urge you to consider different software for accessing OkCupid.
In response, a Mozilla spokesman told Recode that Eich’s $1,000 donation in support of Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot measure, does not reflect the position of the company, which “supports marriage equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples.”
A number of Mozilla employees have publicly called for Eich to step down, and three directors — Gary Kovacs, John Lilly and Ellen Siminoff — have left the board in protest. Among the remaining board members is LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, one of the most influential and well-connected investors in Silicon Valley and a partner of Lilly at the venture capital firm Greylock.
Source: Forbes Business