Mozilla employees have taken to twitter to ask their newly appointed CEO Brendan Eich, to step down after it was revealed he donated $1000 to support California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative. Prop. 8 was passed by voters and placed a ban on same-sex marriage in California in 2008. Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional and the ban was struck down.
Here’s just a small sampling of several Mozilla employees asking their new CEO to step down via Twitter:
— iamjessklein (@iamjessklein) March 27, 2014
— Sunny Lee (@soletelee) March 27, 2014
— John Bevan (@bevangelist) March 27, 2014
— Sydney Moyer (@sydneymoyer) March 27, 2014
— Chloe Varelidi (@varelidi) March 27, 2014
PC Mag adds:
“As a gay couple who were unable to get married in California until recently, we morally cannot support a Foundation that would not only leave someone with hateful views in power, but will give them a promotion and put them in charge of the entire organization,” Catlin wrote.
In a personal blog post, Christie Koehler, Community Building Education Lead at Mozilla, said she was “personally disappointed about Brendan’s donation. However, aside from how it affected me emotionally, I have nothing to indicate that it’s materially hurt my work within the Mozilla community or as a Mozilla employee.”
Eich released the following statement on his blog:
A number of Mozillians, including LGBT individuals and allies, have stepped forward to offer guidance and assistance in this. I cannot thank you enough, and I ask for your ongoing help to make Mozilla a place of equality and welcome for all. Here are my commitments, and here’s what you can expect:
Active commitment to equality in everything we do, from employment to events to community-building.
Working with LGBT communities and allies, to listen and learn what does and doesn’t make Mozilla supportive and welcoming.
My ongoing commitment to our Community Participation Guidelines, our inclusive health benefits, our anti-discrimination policies, and the spirit that underlies all of these.
My personal commitment to work on new initiatives to reach out to those who feel excluded or who have been marginalized in ways that makes their contributing to Mozilla and to open source difficult. More on this last item below.
I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything. I can only ask for your support to have the time to “show, not tell”; and in the meantime express my sorrow at having caused pain.