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Snippet: New Mozilla CEO Stirs Up LGBT Controversy ☇

Shared on March 26, 2014

Sam Machkovech for Ars Technica:

But much of the public reaction to his [new Mozilla CEO and former CTO Brendan Eich] promotion skipped past that “can a coder run a company” question, focusing squarely on another financial issue. In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 in support of California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that sought to ban gay marriage in the state. So shortly after the announcement of Eich’s hiring, the reaction came swiftly. In particular, developers came forward with a mix of boycotts and reluctant acceptance.

Eich is certainly entitled to his own opinion, and Mozilla seems to be doing damage control, but this still can’t be good for an organization that seems to be marching towards irrelevance at the hands of Apple and Google (both of which fought Prop 8).

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