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Summary:

Dating site OKCupid has released a letter asking users to not browse the site with Mozilla Firefox, due to the incoming CEO’s donation in support of gay marriage bans.

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photo: Gigaom Illustration

If you’re a frequenter of OKCupid using Mozilla’s Firefox browser, you’re going to notice something quite different Monday afternoon when trying to visit the site. In place of the home page of the dating site, which is popular among young adults, Firefox users are seeing an open letter from the company that asks users to boycott Mozilla’s browser due to new CEO Brendan Eich’s stance on gay marriage.

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The body of the open letter reads as follows:

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.

Back in 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to the Prop 8 campaign — a California initiative to ban gay marriage that was overturned in 2013 by the U.S Supreme Court — while also listing Mozilla as his place of work (he was CTO at the time). The news caused a stir when it was initially reported in 2012, and Eich responded rather defensively in a blog post, but the controversy reignited when he was recently promoted to CEO. Eich readdressed the issue five days ago, stating “I can only ask for your support to have the time to “show, not tell”; and in the meantime express my sorrow at having caused pain.” But that hasn’t stopped some Mozilla employees from asking Eich to resign from the position.

Mozilla released this statement (via The Verge):

“Our CEO is not an “anti-gay” activist — in fact he’s apologized. And our Board Chair, who is the CEO’s boss, is vocally in support of LGBT rights. Mozilla as an organization is staunchly in support of marriage equality and LGBT rights. OKCupid never reached out to us before this, and their boycott page is at the very least factually incorrect.”

Firefox users can still access OKCupid after the landing page, but only after the company invites them to switch to another browser.

 

  1. I applaud the CEO of firefox. Someone needs to stand up for traditional values, not deviance.

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  2. There’s a Firefox addon for this: User Agent Switcher. Car analogy: does Israel ban VWs?

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  3. This is getting ridiculous. I’m a heterosexual person of color and I regularly face ignorance in a professional environ from both non persons of color and people in the LGBT because I represent the “other”. Most people that point fingers are also pointing at themselves. The CEO may be “ignorant” culturally, however common sense should prevail in the professional arena. It makes you wonder whose agenda is really being pushed. The LGBT community needs to check themselves. I have a feeling they are being used to cause confusion, dissent and reduce market share. This guy doesn’t deserve pity but usually the CTO is in the best position to further the aims of the corporation, especially in a tech facing company. Save the political agendas for Washington, DC.

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  4. Intolerance for one’s views is ignorance no matter what side you are on. This is America for crying out loud.

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  5. SouthParkLover Monday, March 31, 2014

    This stance from okcupid reminds me of the south park episode “smug alert”. Smacks of intolerance. More than defending its stance on LGBT issues, Mozilla should actually be calling BS on okcupid’s intolerance. I can see someone making a firefox addon that would detect the user visiting okcupid (or other similarly intolerant arrogant websites) and propose alternative apps that are not intolerant of others’ views.

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  6. BURN THE WITCH!!!111

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  7. Here’s hoping all those “so what, LGBT should just give people their business no matter what because capitalism is more important than equal rights” posts are an April Fool’s Day joke…

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  8. Why should we be FORCED to think a certain way, or lose our careers for it? Is this ‘the new freedom’?

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  9. well thats it I’m using Internet Exploder from now on!

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  10. That’s it I’m using Internet Exploder from now on!

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