Firefox's new anti-gay CEO.

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Tell Mozilla: Your new CEO must reverse his anti-gay stance, resign or be replaced

To Mozilla's CEO (Brendan Eich) and board of directors (Mitchell Baker, Reid Hoffman and Katharina Borchert):
"The people at Mozilla and their massive community of users deserve better than a leader that advocates for inequality and hate. CEO Brendan Eich should make an unequivocal statement of support for marriage equality. If he cannot, he should resign. And if he will not, the board should fire him immediately."

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Dear 5849376,

Mozilla's new Antigay CEO

Mozilla, maker of the world's second most popular browser Firefox, announced a leadership change this week. In a highly controversial move, Brendan Eich was named CEO despite his public support for the anti-gay Proposition 8 which ended the marriage equality for gays and lesbians in California until it was overturned by the Supreme Court last summer.1

There is not a simply a public disagreement about an individual's personal beliefs, but rather a serious crisis involving a powerful global organization and a leader with a history of explicit advocacy to deny gays and lesbians equal rights under law.

Mozilla is an organization that has demonstrated a deep commitment to openness and equality. That's why it was so shocking that its board of directors named a CEO with a public record of anti-gay advocacy.

Tell Mozilla: Your brand should be identified with openness and equality -- not anti-gay hate. New CEO Brendan Eich must reverse his anti-gay stance, resign or be replaced. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Many people have evolved their views on equality as American attitudes on gay rights have shifted dramatically in recent years. It's time for Eich to join them. As the representative of a global brand that represents openness and is committed to equality and inclusiveness, Eich should make an unequivocal statement of support for marriage equality. If he cannot, he should resign. And if he will not, the board should fire Eich immediately.

Eich became the subject of controversy two years ago when his $1,000 donation to the discriminatory and anti-gay California ballot initiative, Proposition 8, was revealed.

Same-sex marriage in California2 was made legal by a court decision in June of 2008. In response, rightwing anti-gay activists qualified Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment, for the November 2008 ballot in order to take away the rights of gays and lesbians to marry in California. Backed by the Mormon Church and other rightwing funders, Proposition 8 passed on Election Day, and was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court five years later in 2013.

Tell Mozilla: If Brendan Eich doesn't make an unequivocal statement of support for marriage equality, he must resign. If he refuses to do so he should be fired. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Since announcing the selection of Eich as CEO, Mozilla has faced an incredible backlash. Some members of the broader Mozilla community have advocated for a boycott of the Firefox browsers.3 There are employees calling for Eich's resignation via Twitter.4 Eich himself released a statement that stopped far short of addressing his anti-gay advocacy but instead affirmed his commitment to enforcing Mozilla's strong anti-discrimination policies for its employees.5 And Mozilla's board chair took pains to make clear her support for gay rights even as she defended the choice of Eich to lead the organization.6 Facing increasing pressure, Mozilla later released a second blog post on the matter underscoring the organization's commitment to "openness and equality for all people" and making an explicit statement in support of marriage equality.7 

But the board's decision to elevate Eich, whose history of anti-gay advocacy was public before he was hired, to the position of CEO is a forceful gesture that elevates an advocate of writing discrimination into our laws to the head of a global brand representing openness and equality. The people at Mozilla and their massive community of users deserve better than a leader that advocates for inequality and hate.

It's not enough for Eich to pledge that he will enforce Mozilla's strong internal policies that ensure all employees are treated equal when he continues to refuse to renounce his advocacy for legislating hateful discrimination against gays and lesbians with constitutional amendments such as Proposition 8.

We hope for and would welcome a public statement from Eich of unequivocal support for equality not just within Mozilla but for all Americans. If he cannot do this he should resign or be fired.

Thank you for standing up for equal rights for all Americans.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. "Mozilla's Appointment Of Brendan Eich As CEO Sparks Controversy After Prop 8 Donation News Re-Emerges," Huffington Post, March 27, 2014
  2. "Same-sex marriage in California," Wikipedia
  3. "Gay Firefox developers boycott Mozilla to protest CEO hire," arstechnica, March 25, 2014
  4. "Mozilla employees tell Brendan Eich he needs to "step down"," arstechnica, March 27, 2014
  5. "Inclusiveness at Mozilla," brendaneich.com, March 26, 2014
  6. "Building a Global, Diverse, Inclusive Mozilla Project: Addressing Controversy," Lizard Wrangler, March 26, 2014
  7. "Mozilla Supports LGBT Equality," The Mozilla Blog, March 29, 2014

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