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: Comment by mutantsushi
by subterrific on Tue 1st Apr 2014 06:32 UTC in reply to "Comment by mutantsushi"
subterrific
Member since:
2005-07-10

I haven't seen any Mozilla employee ask for him to be fired, only that he stay CTO where he isn't in the position of publicly representing the company and wielding power over health and other benefits of gay employees.

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RE[2]: Comment by mutantsushi
by Lennie on Tue 1st Apr 2014 20:50 in reply to "RE: Comment by mutantsushi"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Yep, you win a price: best comment on this article.

I think this is probably how the employees at Mozilla feel about it.

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mutantsushi Member since:
2006-08-18

Saying "you think this" without actual objective evidence of threats in this regime is not really substantial enough reason to fire somebody. As I commented elsewhere, if there is actual intimidation or persecution of gay employees, that's 100% grounds for firing. But just an inference that he would do so because he supported political measures counter to gay marriage is not reasonable. If that were true, everybody who supported measures to legalize marijuana (which failed) would then be liable to be fired on the premise they would sponsor illegal drug use.

Being in California, it is against the law to deny benefits to gay couples, married or not. Previous to gay marriage there was already laws covering 'civil partnerships' incuding rights to spousal benefits (which incidentally, is rather a horrid bandid over the state of US social rights, where it matters who you love/who you sleep with in terms of medical care you get: somebody who is single or who loves poor people has less coverage. Expanding partnership benefits to gay people doesn't change that, and doesn't help gay couples where neither partner has a fat corporate job).

I have seen no evidence that this guy has in any way impede the application of that law, and if he has, it is a simple manner of the law to find redress for that. A CEO is simply not going to intervene in the minute issue of spousal benefits, that is Human Resources' issue, so hysterics over this are just that: hysterics.

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