Mozilla CEO Resigns Over Anti-Gay Marriage Scandal

The scandal involving the CEO of Mozilla seems to be close to an end now. Brendan Eich decided to step down from his position on top of the company he co-founded, linked to a scandal involving his name in an anti-gay marriage campaign. 

After Brendan Eich has been named the CEO of Mozilla, a scandal broke involving the man who co-founded this company. Brendan Eich created outrage, when it was found that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign. The former CEO of Mozilla was accused of supporting Preposition 8 in California, a gay-marriages ban which never passed. 

While some might have been really happy with the departure of Brendan Eich, others are totally against this. It has been claimed that the departure of the former CEO of Mozilla actually means that one of the best prepared people in the company will leave because of his personal view on something that took place years ago. 

The truth is that Brendan Eich is one of the highest qualified technology executives at Mozilla, so his departure can only be a bad thing for the company. Is it bad for a corporate leader to express his political views or is this something that should happen?

“We have freedom of speech, which I would defend to the end. And we have what I believe is a fundamental liberty of people to marry and love whoever they want. We took a stand that matters to us personally and as a business — and I think the world will be a better place because of it,” the co-founder of OkCupid, Sam Yagun, claimed. 

Brendan Eich has become extremely famous, as he created the JavaScript and brought an important contribution to the creation of the code that runs Netscape’s Navigator web browser. 

While it was expected for Mozilla or Brendan Eich to make a statement regarding this situation and the new decision, it seems that they actually refused to say something at this point.  

The departure of Brendan Eich was announced by Mitchell Baker in a blog post. “Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public,” the post said. “This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community. While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the Web,”it added. 

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1 Comment

  1. Come on Brendan why did you chicken out, you are a genius,
    this problem has been around for more than 5000 years, what are going for next, in this day in time, they are trying to rewrite the bible. I will not work with foxfire no more.

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