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.
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.