The newly named CEO of the software firm Mozilla Corporation, Brendan Eich, resigned from his position after the controversy surrounding his opposition to same-sex marriage.
According to the Huffington Post, since Eich was appointed to run the company, most famous for the Firefox browser, many publicly condemned the software development firm for appointing a known supporter of the anti-gay laws to the top spot, urging online users to find a different browser.
OKCupid was one of the organizations urging users who had Firefox to switch browsers.
Eich reportedly gave a $1,000 donation to support California’s Proposition 8 in 2008.
The company explained the recent decision for Eich to step down in a blog post.
Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman for Mozilla’s post stated:
“We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.
Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.
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.”
As of now, there is no clear replacement in line to assume to role of CEO; however, Baker insisted they have spoken with very talented people about the position.