New Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich has a history of same-sex oppositionAround the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights Friday, March 28th, 2014
John Aravosis, the founder of the popular gay blog AmericaBlog.com, is reporting that Brendan Eich, the new CEO of the Mozilla Foundation, a Google-funded organization that oversees a number of ventures include the Firefox browser, donated $1,000 to help support Proposition 8, a measure that, for a time, banned same-sex couples from getting married in the state of California.
Aravosis goes on to report that Mozilla released a statement, which he claims is now run by an ‘anti-gay’ activist, that “[Mozilla] is deeply committed to honoring diversity in sexual orientation and beliefs with our staff and our community.”
Meanwhile, Martin Seempa, the American most associated with the promulgation and passage of Uganda’s odious anti-gay legislation, iterated his support for Eich blaming “heterophobes who oppose anti-gay bigotry.”
Ars Technica, described as ‘PC enthusiast’s resource’ is also reporting that others are coming to Eich’s defense. “Another Mozillian, W3C co-chair Daniel Glazman, offered support for Eich. Glazman attempted to divorce politics from the greater Mozilla mission: “We, as a community, cannot promote openness and freedom of choice without a deep respect for individual beliefs. A reminder of Brendan’s personal choices years ago is unfair and violates the core values of the Mozilla community.”
But Aravosis was having none of it. “I also have a slight bone to pick with this notion that donating $1,000 to an anti-civil-rights campaign in 2008 is a ‘personal choice years ago.’ No one is talking about the man getting a BJ in the bushes when he was 16. Brendan Eich was 46(ish) years old when he decided to help repeal the civil rights of his fellow Americans. Let’s not pretend that this was some youthful indiscretion.”
For his part, Eich went to great lengths to denounce his detractors while trying to portray himself as the victim:
“I’m not going to discuss Prop. 8 here or on Twitter. There is no point in talking with the people who are baiting, ranting, and hurling four-letter abuse. Personal hatred conveyed through curse words is neither rational nor charitable, and strong feelings on any side of an issue do not justify it. In contrast, people expressing non-abusive anger, sadness, or disagreement, I understand, grieve, and humbly accept.
Update: In a statement released yesterday amid growing pressing, Eich released the following statement: “I am committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion.” But does he support same-sex marriage?
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