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

April 1, 2014, 9:58 amYahoo7

Accessing 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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  1. Ryan02:27am Wednesday 02nd April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    I am boycotting okcupid until they respect peoples rights to have views other then their own...

  2. nbano1fan04:46pm Tuesday 01st April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    I believe Firefox hire new CEO Brendan Eich based on his ability to run the company not based on his personal belief. Everyone should respect their decision as long as the Eich's personal belief is separate the operation.

  3. SteveH01:36pm Tuesday 01st April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    How come none of the people who are keen on Jeebus haven't commented yet ?

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  4. yar01:17pm Tuesday 01st April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Hahaha Its April fools day people.

  5. Shirley01:09pm Tuesday 01st April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    I am now left with a moral/ethical/value judgement: do I stay with Firefox as an excellent server? Or do I support my values of equality and go elsewhere because of the anti gay beliefs of the CEO? Will Firefox put money where mouth is and back up their statement and fire their CEO for his beliefs? Is the CEO going to let his beliefs filter down through the purpose, vision and SOPs of Firefox and so influence future users/staff etc of Firefox?????? Good to those who stood by their values and resigned. How can the CEO fulfil Firefox's statement and reconcile his/her stance against gays??? That is a moral/ethical judgment for them to sort out. To work in a company and pull the type of salary they are pulling AND live with such a discrepancy of personal belief versus company vision - something will have to give........will it be the integrity of the company, considering the CEO is a decisionmaker???? Perhaps the gay community and its supporters (including myself) have more productive areas on which to place their attention? Do we give up a service? What are the leanings of the CEO's of other providers? What are the leanings of any CEO of any company whose services, food, etc we consume???? How will those affect our values/judgements/choices???? If I use the service, does that mean I am agreeing with the beliefs etc that are against my own??? So many questions...... I reconcile myself to all of this by applying influence in my sphere of influence.

  6. Vasile Tanasiciuc11:59am Tuesday 01st April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Boycott #$%$, simple and effective rule of the world we live in. So many aspects of our upside down world would be open to closer scrutiny and rectification of many purposed ills would ensue if we all just take this leaf and write a new people friendly book instead of being led by unnaturally rich #$%$ CEO's and the "dead" enterprises they chair!

  7. Il Conte Di Monte Cristo11:56am Tuesday 01st April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Dating websites are hardly in a position to get on their high horse. They've caused a lot of misery for the people who use them and have provided a platform for all sorts of criminal activity: scammers, sexual abusers, etc. That's far worse than funding a campaign against gays. They should stop pretending that they're all good and try to resolve those issues instead of giving lessons. I'm happy with Firefox and couldn't care less what its CEO thinks, even though I don't approve of his stance.

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