Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich stepped down yesterday after getting fierce criticism for donating money to oppose the legalisation of gay marriage.
The news comes after dating website OKCupid asked its users to block Firefox for Eich’s comments.
In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to support California’s Proposition 8, astate constitutional amendment which banned gay marriage in the state.
“We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act,” wrote Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker in a blog post. “We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry.”
Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, who has invested in LinkedIn and sits on the board of Facebook, sent out a series of tweets in support for Eich.
12/Web would be a sparse & barren place without Brendan’s work. I can’t argue with his decision, but can’t wait to see what he does next.
— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) April 4, 2014
Mozilla is expected to announce Eich’s replacement next week.
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