Mozilla CEO Steps Down After Outrage at Gay Marriage Stance

Brendan Eich resigns. Editor’s Note: This piece has been updated to correct a video error.
3:00 | 04/04/14

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Thank you very much, Ryan. To the CEO of a big named tech organization forced to step down. Mozilla maker of the firefox browser out of a job. Linzie Janis has the story. Reporter: Within 24 hours of Brendan Eich's promotion to mozilla, open rebellion. Employees publicly criticizing a 2008 donation he made to pass prop 8, California's anti-gay marriage bill that was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme court. One of them tweeting "I've waited too long to say this. I'm an employee of mozilla and I'm asking Brendan Eich to step down as CEO" at first Eich protested back telling net on Tuesday "I don't think it's good for my integrity or mozilla's integrity to be pressured into changing a position" but then a powerful game changer. This week online dating site okcupid launching a digital boycott blocking access to millions of customers who tried to logon to the site using mozilla's popular web browser firefox. It was a very powerful move for okcupid and pretty unexpected because of their I think 3 billion monthly page views 12% of that comes from firefox so for them to take that stand and say, hey, we don't want you using firefox, that was big and that got a lot of attention. Reporter: Eich appeared to bow under the pressure Thursday handing in his resignation and saying "Our mission is bigger than any one of us and under the present circumstances I cannot be an effective leader." While he didn't address the okcupid boycott directly the online dating site fees triumphant telling ABC news overnight it's a great feeling to know that okcupid's principled business stand is making a real difference in the world." Mozilla has apologized to its users saying it didn't move fast enough to endpaj with people once the controversy started. Amy, George and Lara, it's remarkable how one company's online popularity here essentially gave it the clout to force out another company's CEO. It is surprising.

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