Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Resigns Following Anti-Gay Marriage Donation

Apr 04, 2014 12:25 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro


Mozilla has confirmed Chief Executive Brendan Eich has stepped down from his position, according to a report by Reuters.

The company confirmed the news after an online dating service called for a boycott of the company's web browser over a donation Eich made in support of California's Proposition 8.

In 2008, Eich reportedly gave money to oppose the legalization of gay marriage in California, according to Reuters. Eich was named CEO just last month.

"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."

More information on the next step for Mozilla's leadership will be announced next week.

Though many gay activists are generally pleased with the move, a number of people in the technology community are not happy with the departure of Eich. The now former CEO invented the programming language Javascript and co-founded Mozilla.

"Brendan Eich is a good friend of 20 years, and has made a profound contribution to the Web and to the entire world," venture capitalist Marc Andreessen tweeted to the world after the announcements.

Eich reportedly donated approximately $1,000 in 2008 in support of California's Proposition 8. Prop 8 banned gay marriage in C.A. until being struck down by the Supreme Court last June.

Earlier this week, popular dating website, called for a boycott of Mozilla Firefox to protest the web browser for naming someone who is against gay marriage as its chief executive.

"Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples," said a message sent out by OkCupid to its visitors. "We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid."

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