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Mozilla's New CEO Under Fire For Donation To California's Anti-Gay Proposition 8

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03/29/2014 11:23 pm
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Benjamin Spence

Staff Writer


We doubt Brendan Eich is looking forward to going in to the office on Monday morning... It’s been just one week into Brendan Eich’s new role at Mozilla and employees of the tech savvy organization are taking to Twitter calling for his resignation. It's probably not the first week ice-breakers he was hoping for. The controversy stems from Eich’s generous $1000 donation to California’s Proposition 8, a project which helped deny same sex couples the right to marry until it was ruled unconstitutional in 2013. When Eich was appointed his new role as head of the company, gay Firefox developers Hampton Catlin and his partner Michael decided to publicly boycott Mozilla. In a letter to Mozilla Hampton wrote, “As a married gay couple who are co-founders of this venture, we have chosen to boycott all Mozilla projects. We will not develop apps or test styles on Firefox any more. We're removing Color Puzzle from the Firefox Marketplace and stopping work on all of our Firefox-related applications. We will continue our boycott until Brendan Eich is completely removed. It’s because of our status as a minority that we simply can’t ignore this slap in the face of giving him a promotion to lead your organisation." Over on Twitter, Hampton’s industry colleagues echoed his message. with more than a few Mozilla employees urging Eich to stand down. Writing his full statement on his blog, the JavaScript inventor responded to the criticism with a post titled “Inclusiveness at Mozilla.” Eich wrote, “I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything. I am committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation.” He added, “You will see exemplary behaviour from me toward everyone in our community, no matter who they are. I intend to demonstrate with meaningful action my commitment to a Mozilla that lives up to its ideals, including that of being an open and inclusive community.” Do you think Brendan Eich should stand down, or can a computer generated leopard change its spots? Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!




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