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Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Responds to Prop 8 Controversy, Doesn't Share Personal Views on Gay Rights

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich wrote a post on his blog yesterday in response to outrage over his donation to California's Proposition 8 campaign which does not mention the donation directly and does not say what his personal views are now.

EichSays Eich in the message:

I know there are concerns about my commitment to fostering equality and welcome for LGBT individuals at Mozilla. I hope to lay those concerns to rest, first by making a set of commitments to you. More important, I want to lay them to rest by actions and results.

Eich says Mozilla will make an "active commitment to equality in everything we do, from employment to events to community-building", work with LGBT communities and allies, abide by its inclusive health benefits and anti-discrimination policies, and make a personal commitment to work on outreach initiatives to those who feel exclued.

Adds Eich:

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.

An early comment on the post (now gone), questioned Eich about what his current views on same-sex marriage are. Comments are now under moderation, and none appear.

Earlier this week Mozilla released a 'diversity' statement in response to the controversy. Developers Hampton Catlin and his husband Michael have decided to boycott the Mozilla community entirely.

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  1. Apology not accepted

    Posted by: Qj201 | Mar 27, 2014 8:38:02 AM

  2. Apology that doesn't even mention the thing he is apologizing for.

    Posted by: Eugene | Mar 27, 2014 8:43:11 AM

  3. there wasn't an apology to accept, was there? expressing sorrow for causing pain? eh, lukewarm at best

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 27, 2014 8:43:27 AM

  4. I switched to Mozilla Firefox after getting fed up w/ Google Chrome. Now what? IE? ugh.

    Posted by: blast it | Mar 27, 2014 8:45:59 AM

  5. ...I just switched from IE and Safari to Mozilla. Ya know... print and paper. I think I will just go back to reading printed news and using paper to send letters.

    Posted by: Rad | Mar 27, 2014 9:05:03 AM

  6. Of course, he's lying.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Mar 27, 2014 9:08:41 AM

  7. As a gay man, I'm officially tired of this need to go after those who do not share the same views as I do. Do I agree with Mr. Eich? No, but I'm not going to demonize someone for having a different belief system. He didn't donate to a organization bent on criminalizing homosexuality or persecuting us. He disagrees with gay marriage, it's his right, and it is important to learn to agree to disagree. Education is more important. This only ends up as ammunition for those who are truly homophobic and use this against us.

    Posted by: Sacha | Mar 27, 2014 9:12:16 AM

  8. What were they thinking? It's California not Tennessee.

    Posted by: radtastic | Mar 27, 2014 9:16:04 AM

  9. Wow, he really wants to keep this job, doesn't he ?

    Posted by: Richard | Mar 27, 2014 9:17:37 AM

  10. And yes, I'm a troll.

    Posted by: SACHA | Mar 27, 2014 9:36:07 AM

  11. Gayface?

    Posted by: Tad | Mar 27, 2014 9:37:27 AM

  12. Sacha, No one is going after him the same way he went after preventing gay people from getting married in California. It's his right to not agree with gay marriage but he actively donated money to prevent gay marriage, and in the process interrupted and disrupted thousands of lives in California. No one is entitled to use mozilla.

    Posted by: Tad | Mar 27, 2014 9:43:06 AM

  13. Gay Mormonoid Face!

    Posted by: SACHA | Mar 27, 2014 9:43:10 AM

  14. @Sacha

    First of all, marriage is part of "homosexuality", not some kind of superficial add-on. And, in terms of freedom of speech, marriage is no different from sodomy laws - an organization "bent on criminalizing homosexuality" also has a "different belief system" and wants to impose it on others through the law. Ultimately, Eich didn't want to "agree to disagree" on gay marriage. He wanted to outlaw it, and that's the complete opposite.

    Posted by: Eugene | Mar 27, 2014 9:46:39 AM

  15. Sacha: It's not an either/or choice. You can still educate people and hold off using their product until they sincerely evolve. We've seen it done before. It can be done again.

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 27, 2014 9:49:46 AM

  16. @ SACHA :

    So you're getting tired !
    Well, too effing bad.
    ACT UP didn't get tired.
    Harvey Milk didn't get tired and paid with his life.
    All those who struggled against discrimination everywhere couldn't afford to get tired......sometimes their lives depended on not getting tired.

    This oaf contributed against our rights; he sought to deny equality.
    It's not an issue of 'choice''s a civil rights issue and this oaf is a traitor.
    I never want to see your inane comments again.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 27, 2014 9:51:08 AM

  17. oh, herr eichmann
    your company should realize that the future growth of tech companies is tied to youth, and young people don't like bigots. big mistake to put you at the helm.

    Posted by: woody | Mar 27, 2014 9:53:59 AM

  18. Shame on him for at least not dealing with the issue head on. Did I get to vote on his marriage? Pathetic.

    Posted by: steve | Mar 27, 2014 9:54:29 AM


    Posted by: SACHA | Mar 27, 2014 9:54:55 AM

  20. Mr. Eich, you don't have to share your personal views on gay rights. Your monetary donation spoke for you.

    Posted by: Rev. Verdon Coleman | Mar 27, 2014 9:58:45 AM

  21. It seems this man's deeply held religious beliefs were miraculously overcome by a fat paycheck.

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 27, 2014 9:59:01 AM

  22. Agreed, this is a non-apology apology. To apologize, the committer of an offending action needs to take responsibility for his actions and show remorse to those that were harmed. He failed to do that in his statement. Despite his donation, Mozilla is trying to show it isn’t an anti-gay organization. “At this point, what should he or Mozilla do? Dropping his pants, bending over, and getting his ass wacked by a 300 pound gay weightlifter isn’t an option. Clearly all the people involved want to move on from this issue in the past.

    Posted by: Muscular | Mar 27, 2014 10:07:54 AM

  23. @Sacha: Whether he disagrees with "gay marriage" (which, obviously, is his right) isn't really the issue: he donated money--an action--to a group who sought to deprive us of civil rights. Actions against a group of people are different than simply not sharing views.

    As for going after him, we have every right as consumers to decide which products we want to use, for whatever reason. In this case, people who feel uncomfortable using a product that indirectly supports Mr. Eich don't need to justify that decision with him or anyone else. The consumer's the boss.

    I never liked Firefox so it's easy not to use it. Simple enough.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 27, 2014 10:16:37 AM

  24. To show that he now supports equal rights and that this isn't all just damage control lip service, why not donate $1000 to a pro-lgbt cause? I think actions do speak louder than words, so lets see some constructive pro-lgbt action. It's pretty obvious his views haven't changed. $1000 is chump change to a CEO.

    Posted by: JT | Mar 27, 2014 10:22:37 AM

  25. I eat Vladimir Putin's excrement!

    Posted by: sacha | Mar 27, 2014 10:28:43 AM

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