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OkCupid holds unique protest against the CEO of Mozilla, who has openly opposed gay marriage.

OkCupid.com, a successful dating site, has recently made headlines after protesting against Mozilla Firefox’s CEO Brendan Eich. When an OkCupid user would attempt to access the site via Mozilla Firefox, a message from the company would appear. OkCupid’s message expressed how Brendan Eich is an opponent of gay marriage, so they would strongly prefer for their users to use separate Internet software such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Opera. Mr. Eich, the chief executive of Mozilla Firefox and inventor of JavaScript donated publicly to an organization that was in support of the 2008 Proposition 8 in California, which attempted to ban gay marriage.

OkCupid explained that they know politics is normally not appropriate for a dating site, but because their websites goal is to bring all different kinds of people together, and will not stand for people who attempt to deny love. 8% of OKCupid’s relationships would be illegal if it was up to people like Eich, and OkCupid refuses to deny equal love and therefore creating shame and misery for the LGBT community. However, users of OKCupid were able to continue using the site through Firefox by skipping the message.

 

 

On April 3, 2014, OkCupid removed the anti-Mozilla message from their website. OkCupid’s representatives plan on releasing another statement about the situation in days to come. According to PCMag.com, “Eich has not specifically addressed his position on gay marriage, saying only that he is committed to ‘equality in everything we do, from employment to events to community-building.’ This quote is extremely hypocritical seeing that he donated $1,000 to an organization that wanted to ban gay marriage in California completely.

On April 4, 2014, The Huffington Post released an article announcing that the Anti-Gay Marriage Mozilla CEO has resigned after the backlash created by OkCupid. Mozilla made a blog post on Thursday, April 3, 2014, explaining their decision to remove Eich. Part of the post read, “while painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better.We need to put our focus back on protecting that Web. And doing so in a way that will make you proud to support Mozilla.” Mozilla has not announced the replacement CEO yet.

I personally feel that this is a huge step when it comes to LGBT rights. This demonstration by OkCupid shows that it is not okay to be discriminatory against others, and that they will not stand for it. It would be beautiful if more websites and people spoke out for equal rights, and condemned those who are bigoted. We are all born equal, and everyone should be entitled to love and marry whom they want, as long as it is consensual. I am very excited that Eich was removed, and I hope that it sets an example for future CEO’s that it is not okay to be discriminatory and prejudiced.

Featured image courtesy of James Duncan Davidson 

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2 thoughts on “OkCupid vs. Brendan Eich

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  2. “This demonstration by OkCupid shows that it is not okay to be discriminatory against others” should read “This discrimination by OkCupid shows that they believe it is okay to be discriminatory against others”

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