Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns amid controversy over his anti-gay donations

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Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns amid controversy over his anti-gay donations
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Just three days after dating website OkCupid got embroiled in a very public fight over gay rights with Mozilla, the company behind web browser Firefox, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has resigned. In addition to stepping down as CEO of for-profit Mozilla Corporation, he will also leave the board of its nonprofit foundation, reports Recode.

Eich was recently named the company's CEO, but his honeymoon period didn't last long after it was revealed that he donated $1,000 in support of Proposition 8, a California ballot measure that banned gay marriage. His promotion angered many, including a board member who publicly resigned from the company in protest. The controversy hit a fever pitch Tuesday when OkCupid blocked Firefox users from accessing its site and left a terse note addressed to Eich: "[W]e wish them nothing but failure."

A post on Firefox's website confirmed Eich's dismissal. "We didn't act like you'd expect Mozilla to act. We didn't move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started," the post reads. "We're sorry. We must do better."

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