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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too much fuss
by l3v1 on Tue 1st Apr 2014 05:30 UTC
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baffles me that an organisation like Mozilla appointed a man with such medieval ideas

Honestly, if the man were a politician in power, capable of influencing important matters, I'd be concerned. However, I think that his FOSS/Mozilla/JS past is more relevant towards his position than his views about same sex marriage.

While I see how this issue might be a gift for same sex marriage activists, since it always comes handy when a known person can serve as a bone to chew on, I still would need major convincing how this all could - if ever - have an effect on his FOSS past and his current position.

Anyway, it's another 'nice' topic to write irrelevant news stories about, so I'm not surprised this gaining momentum.

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