Dating site boycotts Mozilla Firefox over CEO's anti-gay views

April 1, 2014, 9:58 amYahoo7

Accessing OkCupid.com over Firefox is redirecting users to a message, and not the site.

Anyone accessing the popular dating site OKCupid with Firefox today will be in for a surprise.

Instead of hitting the homepage, users would see a message from the website apologising for the interruption and explaining that OkCupid opposes the political views of Mozilla’s new CEO Brendan Eich.

The message calls out Eich for making donations to a campaign in support of California’s anti-LGBT Proposition 8 campaign. Eich donated $1000 to the campaign.

In 2008, a ballot changed the legal definition of marriage in California to be a union between a man and a woman only.

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Reports claim it was approved because of a lot of political advertising funded by powerful people like Eich.

"Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid."

At the bottom of the message, the website offers redirect links and very strong call to action to other broswers like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera, and Safari.

The message also offers pass through links if users still want to access the website over Firefox.

"Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure."

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Last week, three executives from Mozilla’s six-person board resigned over the Proposition 8 donation.

Mozilla also issued a statement, purportedly to distance itself from Eich’s political thought.

“Mozilla's mission is to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just. This is why Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples. No matter who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the same rights and to be treated equally,” the statement released last week said.

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