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  • 4 April 2014, 13:47

Mozilla CEO Steps Down Over Gay Rights Row

Mozilla chief executive Brendan Eich has announced he will step down from his role in the face of protests.

Mr Eich resigned his position at the Firefox web browser maker - based in Mountain View - along with his seat on the board of the non-profit foundation which owns the company, according to a blog post by executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker.

He had been the subject of protests among the Firefox community over his support of a bill in California to ban gay marriage.

Ms Baker said: "We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it's because we haven't stayed true to ourselves.

"We didn't move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We're sorry. We must do better.

"Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He's made this decision for Mozilla and our community."

In 2008, Mr Eich donated $1,000 to the campaign to pass California's Proposition 8 - a constitutional amendment that outlawed same-sex marriages.

The ban was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 2013.

Three members of the Mozilla board resigned last week after Mr Eich was promoted.

This week, dating site OkCupid asked its users to boycott Firefox overs Mr Eich's position.

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