John M. Becker

Mozilla Finally Declares Support for Marriage Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | March 30, 2014 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Brendan Eich, Firefox, gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Mozilla, Prop 8, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage

Mozilla-Firefox-Logo-in-Hand.jpgTech giant Mozilla, the company behind popular web browser Firefox, has taken a lot of heat over the past week after it promoted Proposition 8 donor Brendan Eich to CEO.

Users and software developers announced a boycott, Eich's boss released a damage-control statement, and numerous Mozilla staffers took to Twitter to demand the embattled CEO's resignation.

On Wednesday, Eich responded to the backlash with a statement where he expressed "[his] sorrow at having caused pain" but did not apologize or explicitly state the company's support for marriage equality.

That changed this weekend, when Mozilla released a statement declaring their full support for LGBT equality, including in marriage. The statement is not attributed to Eich himself, but it's still a step in the right direction.

From the statement:

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.

We realize that not everyone in our community or who uses our products will agree with this. But we have always maintained that as long as you are willing to respect others, and come together for our larger mission, you are welcome. Mozilla's community is made up of people who have very diverse personal beliefs working on a common cause, which is a free and open internet. That is a very rare and special thing.

Joe Jervis notes that Hampton Caitlin, the software developer and married gay man who announced a Mozilla boycott last week, tweeted his pleasure with this news, writing:

Mozilla fans, what do you think of this latest development? Is it enough to bring you back to Firefox, or are you still holding out for an apology from Eich himself?

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