Brendan Eich has chosen to depart from his position as CEO at Mozilla.
Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich will be leaving his position in the company. His departure was announced today in a blog post stating that Eich was behind the decision and that he did it for the good of “Mozilla and our community.”
While the blog post didn’t address the controversy directly, its language would suggest that this may be a response to the Eich’s past activism against gay marriage, including a $1000 donation to the California’s 2008 Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state. These donations were brought into the spotlight when the site OKCupid requested that Firefox users switch browsers to avoid associating with Eich.
Today’s blog post, in turn, affirmed that the company “[welcomes] contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.”