Gay Activist Wayne Besen: Market Forced Out Mozilla CEO

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 04:48 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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"The marketplace spoke" by forcing the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich after it was revealed the software mogul supported California's controversial Proposition 8, gay rights activist Wayne Besen says.

"The software developers didn't want to develop software for this guy, the employees were uncomfortable working with someone who held such backward views, and there were companies such as OkCupid that didn't want their product accessed by Firefox," Besen told "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV.

"The market spoke up, and it just wasn't a good fit. They saw this man as the face of a company, not just an ordinary employee, and they didn't like the face they saw.... They ran him out."

Last week it was disclosed that Eich — who co-founded Mozilla and invented the programming language Javascript — donated $1,000 in 2008 to support Proposition 8.

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The legislation sought to ban same-sex marriage in the Golden State, and while voters approved the measure, it was struck down by the Supreme Court last June.

The "masses don't want to see homophobia," said Besen, who is founder of Truth Wins Out, a Chicago-based nonprofit that fights anti-gay prejudice.

He noted that President Barack Obama was once not in favor of same-sex marriage laws.

"I opposed the fact that he didn’t support marriage. I supported him over [John] McCain and [Mitt] Romney because he was the better candidate, and that's politics. Sometime you don't get everything you want, you have to go with what's best for you," Besen said.

"So yeah, when he wasn't supporting my right to marry, that was homophobic. I'm glad he's come around. I wish that Eich would have evolved instead of hold backward positions that are offensive.

"It's one thing to oppose, but to actually give money to take people's rights away, it's despicable."

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