Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Mar 2014 23:45 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

For the Internet community, the principles of free speech and equal rights are foundational. But in recent days, those issues are clashing at Mozilla, the nonprofit foundation and tech company behind the Firefox browser.

At issue is Brendan Eich, a co-founder of Mozilla, inventor of the much used Javascript programming language and the newly appointed CEO of the company. Eich made a $1,000 donation to the campaign for California's Proposition 8, which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. The donation had come to light in 2012, but fizzled.

Opposing same-sex marriage is no different than opposing interracial marriage. As a Dutchman, it baffles me that an organisation like Mozilla appointed a man with such medieval ideas.

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RE[2]: Crazy People
by bryanv on Tue 1st Apr 2014 02:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Crazy People"
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Incorrect. Those are 'protected classes' and there are anti-discrimination laws in place which prevent those kinds of abuse.

For a long time, same-sex couples have been treated as a black sheep category. The problem actually revolves around the stupid notion that government be involved in anything more than taxation policy -- which is where religious groups get all hung up.

The government uses the word "marriage" to define a contract between consenting adults to jointly share property, income, and become a single taxable entity.

The religious institutions use the word "marriage" to define a holy union between a man, woman, and God. And these folks get bent all out of shape when the government uses that word to mean something else.

What totally amazes me, is that the only thing that needs to happen is for the government to stop using that word, and pick another. Or, the religious folks could just stop giving the government any say in a 'holy' marriage, be done with the whole mess.

Everyone just needs to calm the freak down and get over themselves.

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