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Mozilla employees call for new CEO's resignation

Gregg Keizer | March 31, 2014
Twitter campaign asks Brendan Eich to step down over 2008 political donation to California's anti same-sex marriage ballot measure

"I am committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion," Eich wrote.

He did not mention his contributions in support of Proposition 8 specifically, but did ask for employees' support. "I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything," Eich said. "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."

That same day, Mitchell Baker, chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation, and with Eich, co-founder in 1998 of the Netscape project that eventually became Mozilla, also weighed in on the even-then-building controversy with support for Eich.

"Mozilla's commitment to inclusiveness for our LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] community, and for all underrepresented groups, will not change," said Baker on her company blog. "The CEO must have a commitment to the inclusive nature of Mozilla. This includes of course a commitment to the Community Participation Guidelines, inclusive HR practices and the spirit that underlies them. Brendan has made this commitment."


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