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Everyone At Mozilla Supports Marriage Equality Except This One Guy

brendan-eichYou’ve probably heard that the new CEO at Mozilla, Brendan Eich, made a donation in support of Prop 8 a few years ago.

Nerds and gays have been pretty upset about it lately, and since Queerty’s audience exists pretty much exclusively at the intersection of those two groups, we thought we’d dive a little deeper into what other Mozilla leaders have to say.

The good news is that pretty much everyone (except Eich) seems to be on board with marriage equality. “Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples,” says the company in an official statement.

Mitchell Baker, the board Chairwoman, stated unequivocally that the foundation support marriage equality. “This is not only a commitment, it is our identity,” she wrote.

“I stand strongly for gay marriage,” wrote Mozilla Foundation Executive Director Mark Surman.

And Hampton Catlin, the developer who sparked the outcry about Eich, is glad to see the corporate support, writing “it’s not sufficient, but it was required. Steps forward!”

Eich, for his part, has nonpologized with a weak “commitment to equality.” Those are nice words, but words won’t keep your partner in this country when you’re unable to marry them to stop their deportation. There’s no indication that he’ll step down as CEO or do what really needs to be done (donate an equivalent amount to a nonprofit working in support of the freedom to marry), but at least this outcry has made it clear that it’s not acceptable to use your power to harm LGBT couples.

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10 Comments

  • Southstguy

    Does anyone still use Firefox anyway? Google Chrome for the win.

  • Icebloo

    Don’t all go running to Google Chrome thinking they are any better !

    GOOGLE and FACEBOOK have both been giving millions of dollars to fund the A.L.E.C. forum. This forum develops extreme right wing policies for the REPUBLICAN PARTY including anti-gay, anti-women & anti-choice ones. They are also using their money to lobby for an end to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and food stamps. Seems to me Firefox is actually less evil than Google and Facebook.

    ACTIONS speak louder than WORDS. All of these companies have equality written into their policies but behind the scenes they are all using their money to push whatever policies mean they will pay less taxes. They don’t care about anything but money.

  • egourena

    @Icebloo: Proof of this? Sources?

  • Cam

    “The good news is that pretty much everyone (except Eich) seems to be on board with marriage equality.”

    _________________________________________

    The problem with that statement is that he is the head guy. It’s like saying “Good News, everybody on Michelle Bachman’s staff supports gay rights except for her”

    It’s irrelevant what the people below him think. he is the head guy.

  • misterhollywood

    What is hard to understand is how the guy got through the vetting process. Giving money to anti-gay causes pretty much means you are not getting the job.

  • Icebloo

    @Egourena – There is proof all over the internet. There have also been several online petitions to both Google and Facebook over the past few months to get them to stop funding it.

    We should be boycotting GOOGLE, FACEBOOK and FIREFOX. They are all evil and dishonest.

    Here are some links.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/norman-solomon/google-doing-evil-with-al_b_4079436.html

    http://www.salon.com/2013/08/16/tech_giants_partner_with_alec/

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/11/22/explaining-to-grist-why-facebook-and-google-belong-to-alec/

    http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/06-1

  • Ron Jackson

    Google Chrome? You’re kidding. Do some research.

  • Cam

    @Icebloo:

    The issue is, that Google and Facebook donate to a lobbying organization for their selected non-gay hating reasons.

    That doesn’t excuse that. HOWEVER, Mozilla hired a publicly known gay hater to lead their company and direct policy. That is worse.

  • Ridpathos

    Google Chrome is still better. I switched before all of this nonsense years ago and never went back. Chrome is amazing.

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