News (USA) blocks Firefox users over CEO’s opposition to same-sex marriage blocks Firefox users over CEO’s opposition to same-sex marriage

Dating and social networking website on Monday began blocking Firefox users with a wall that informs them of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

“Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid,” the site’s message says, which includes links to download other popular web browsers.

“Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure,” says OkCupid.

Here’s a screen capture of the message Firefox users are presented with:

Mozilla has come under fire since Eich’s promotion last week when developers Hampton Catlin and his husband Michael went public with their decision to boycott the Mozilla community because Eich was a donor to California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 campaign.

The controversy has led to calls by Mozilla employees for Eich to step down, and the resignation of three Mozilla board members.

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On Saturday, Mozilla posted a statement on its blog that it supports marriage equality, but Eich has not directly responded to clarify whether his position on same-sex marriage has changed since 2008.

A petition with more than 65,000 signatures as of Monday is calling for Eich to “reverse his anti-gay stance, resign or be replaced.”

( users can still click a link at the bottom of the screen and continue using the site with Firefox.)

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