Some employees at Mozilla, the non-profit organization behind the Firefox browser, are calling on new CEO Brendan Eich to resign.
Mozilla workers are upset with Eich because he supported Proposition 8 and donated to the politicians who backed it.
Prop 8 was a Californian ballot-proposition banning same-sex marriage. It was officially rejected in February 2012.
But some employees at Mozilla, such as design researcher Emily Goligoski, feel that Eich's decision to back Prop 8 goes against Mozilla's core values as a company. Goligoski posted the following on Twitter.
To me, @Mozilla is about openness & expression of freedom. I hope to see us have leadership that represents those values in their actions.— emgollie (@emgollie) March 27, 2014
Kat Braybrooke, curator and co-design lead at Mozilla, had the following to say:
Like many @Mozilla staff, I'm taking a stand. I do not support the Board's appointment of @BrendanEich as CEO. #Prop8 http://t.co/msKVNjuhgR— Kat Braybrooke (@codekat) March 27, 2014
Mozilla's Open Badges project lead Chris McAvoy sparked the Twitter conversation with the following tweet, which was initially spotted by Ars Technica.
I love @mozilla but I'm disappointed this week. @mozilla stands for openness and empowerment, but is acting in the opposite way.— Chris McAvoy (@chmcavoy) March 27, 2014
Eich hasn't hid from the fact that he supported anti-gay marriage legislation. Following his appointment, Eich said the following regarding the LGBT community at Mozilla on his personal blog:
At the same time, I know there are concerns about my commitment to fostering equality and welcome for LGBT individuals at Mozilla. I hope to lay those concerns to rest, first by making a set of commitments to you. More important, I want to lay them to rest by actions and results ... I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything. 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.
Mozilla has not responded to comment on the matter, but published a blog post on the importance of diversity within the company earlier this week.
We spoke with a Mozilla employee who seemed surprised by the uproar. This employee said there's been no internal craziness — "It's being made out worse than it really is" — and our source expects it to blow over.
"He’s addressed it at all company meetings," our source says. "He's not changing his position. But I haven't seen it get in the way of anyone advancing at Mozilla."
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