After less than two weeks on the job, Brendon Eich has resigned as CEO of Mozilla Corp.
His undoing was a $1,000 donation supporting the Proposition 8 campaign in 2008, an anti-gay marriage referendum that was successfully overturned last year.
News of the donation emerged last week and the backlash continued to gain momentum with company employees using Twitter to call for his ouster and the dating site OK Cupid temporarily blocking the site.
Mitchell Baker, chairwoman of the company’s board of directors, broke the news of the resignation today on the company blog.
‘He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community,’ she wrote.
Baker admitted that the company ‘didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better. … We failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.’
‘While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web,’ she added. ‘So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better.’
Eich, who co-founded the company, has refused to say what his views on gay marriage are now.
For its part, OK Cupid has released a statement on the resignation: ‘We are satisfied that Mozilla will be taking a number of further affirmative steps to support the equality of all relationships.’