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Eich pledges to support Mozilla's inclusiveness

Eich pledges to support Mozilla's inclusiveness

Newly-appointed CEO Brendan Eich has claimed he will fully support Mozilla's policies on inclusion, despite his personal support for a bill proposing to ban gay marriage.

Newly-appointed chief executive of the Mozilla Corporation Brendan Eich has responded to criticisms of a donation he made in support of the banning of gay marriage, promising to uphold Mozilla's inclusiveness.

The appointment of co-founder Eich to the role of CEO caused a stir when his support for Proposition 8, a law which would ban gay marriage, was made public thanks to a $1,000 donation to lobbying efforts. Mobile developer Rarebit, founded by a married gay couple, was the first out of the gate with a statement that they would cease plans to port their products to Mozilla's Firefox OS and remove already-ported software from the platform as long as Eich remained in charge.

Although Mozilla issued a blanket statement supporting diversity, it made no direct comment on Eich and his personal beliefs. Late last night, however, Eich broke his silence and spoke on the matter - even though the issue of the donation itself was not a topic up for discussion.

'I know there are concerns about my commitment to fostering equality and welcome for LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] individuals at Mozilla,' Eich wrote on his personal blog. 'I hope to lay those concerns to rest, first by making a set of commitments to you. More important, I want to lay them to rest by actions and results.'

Eich's commitments include the promise of full equality in employment, Mozilla-run events and within the Mozilla community, continued work with LGBT communities, no changes to the community participation guidelines or the inclusive health benefits offered by the organisation, and a personal claim that Eich himself will 'work on new initiatives to reach out to those who feel excluded or who have been marginalised in ways that makes their contributing to Mozilla and to open source difficult.

'I know some will be sceptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything,
' Eich admitted. 'I can only ask for your support to have the time to “show, not tell”; and in the meantime express my sorrow at having caused pain. I am committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion. You will see exemplary behaviour from me toward everyone in our community, no matter who they are; and the same toward all those whom we hope will join, and for those who use our products.'

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Guinevere 27th March 2014, 13:47 Quote
And he muttered under his breath...

"Just don't invite me to any of your 'so called' weddings"
Snips 27th March 2014, 16:00 Quote
Backtrack of the century. He got busted and rightly so. It's a shame but Mozilla will take a hit because of this and it's not really their fault.
Guinevere 27th March 2014, 16:19 Quote
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It's a shame but Mozilla will take a hit because of this and it's not really their fault.

It's as much their fault as his fault. Mozilla is his baby and he's a bit of a bigot (IMHO). The other board members (Or whoever made the appointment) chose him as CEO no doubt based on his tech abilities and history with Mozilla.

They chose to ignore his anti-gay stance as no doubt they feel it's not important to them. Other (myself included) feel that fairness, equality and making a stand against oppression to be of a higher priority than they do.
Snips 27th March 2014, 16:23 Quote
It could just come down to neglect on his part for not informing Mozilla at the time of appointment. True, they should have completed thorough checks in the first place beforehand. This is such a huge PR cock up I'll be surprised if he gets to stick around. I completely agree with you btw he is a bigot.
Gareth Halfacree 27th March 2014, 16:48 Quote
I'm not normally one for heavy-handed satire, but I've got to admit this 'news' report raised a smile.
Dave Lister 27th March 2014, 19:49 Quote
Gareth your link's just showing an amusing headline.

I notice he doesn't mention any reason why he supports this new law proposal, it could be a valid reason he has. But leaving out any sort of explanation just makes him seem more of a gay basher.

Personally I couldn't care less who gets married, it's an outdated system which seems focused on getting people to spend vast amounts of money for a single day of being treated like.. well almost royalty.

Don't get me wrong if the right girl proposed to me, I would agree but insist it gets done on the cheap. I certainly wouldn't be the one that popped the question.
Gareth Halfacree 27th March 2014, 20:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
Gareth your link's just showing an amusing headline.
Looks like they're having problems with the website. It's readable on the homepage, though.
Dave Lister 27th March 2014, 21:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
Gareth your link's just showing an amusing headline.
Looks like they're having problems with the website. It's readable on the homepage, though.

Loved the last paragraph. I had no idea about any of those mozilla projects!
Nexxo 27th March 2014, 21:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
I notice he doesn't mention any reason why he supports this new law proposal, it could be a valid reason he has.

He hasn't got one because there aren't any.
mi1ez 27th March 2014, 22:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
Don't get me wrong if the right girl proposed to me, I would agree but insist it gets done on the cheap. I certainly wouldn't be the one that popped the question.

I proposed to the right girl and we're doing on the cheap twice! Party in Sydney for her family and friends, Party in Warwickshire for mine!

On topic though, yeah, if they knew he'd made this donation, they should have realised it wouldn't go down well...
Snips 30th March 2014, 22:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
He hasn't got one because there aren't any.

Damn Straight!!!!!!!
Umbra 30th March 2014, 23:34 Quote
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I am committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion. You will see exemplary behaviour from me toward everyone in our community, no matter who they are; and the same toward all those whom we hope will join, and for those who use our products.

Pathetic attempt at PR damage limitation, if he doesn't support gay marriage then he obviously has an issue with LGBT communities.
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