In a bold act of protest against the promotion of a Mozilla co-founder to CEO, OkCupid posts a statement to its members using Firefox to switch browsers instead.
“Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples,” the statement reads. “We would there prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.”
The message also includes links to install other browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. There is also an option to stay with Firefox.
It was reported that Eich made a $1,000 donation to support Proposition 8, a ballot measure in California that banned gay marriages in 2008. The measure was deemed unconstitutional by a Federal Judge in 2010, which the Supreme Court confirmed in 2013.
“Thos who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure,” OkCupid added in its statement.
In a blog post last week, Eich apologized for “having caused pain,” and asking his employees (who have been protesting his promotion) to give him another chance. He reiterated that the foundation that develops Firefox will remain “a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion.”
Mashable points out that Eich’s statement, however, had no mention of Proposition 8. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reported that three of Mozilla’s board members have stepped down since Eich’s promotion.