OKCupid.com is now actively asking Mozilla Firefox users to reconsider their browser choice due to the new Mozilla CEO having publicly expressed his opposition to gay marriage in California.
On Monday afternoon, a note appeared on the OKCupid homepage for Mozilla users only, asking that they switch to another browser in light of Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, having been a vocal supporter of Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative that created a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Back in 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to the campaign supporting Prop 8, with Mozilla’s name attached as his employer in the public database. When he became CEO this year, boycotts emerged primarily among the web development community.
Below is a screenshot of what a Mozilla user would see on their home page, including links to download alternative browsers:
And the full text:
Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience.
Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.
Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there’s a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we’re asserting ourselves today. This is why: we’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it’s professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.
If you want to keep using Firefox, the link at the bottom will take you through to the site.
However, we urge you to consider different software for accessing OkCupid:
[Google Chrome] [Internet Exploder] [Opera] [Safari]
Users are able to continue on to OKCupid.com after scrolling through and reading the note.
UPDATE: A Mozilla spokesperson issued the following statement:
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. OK cupid never reached out to us to let us know of their intentions, nor to confirm facts.
[h/t Joe Giordano]
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