OkCupid interrupts Firefox users over Mozilla CEO's stance on equal rights for same sex couples

DENVER - Internet dating website OkCupid is greeting users of the Firefox browser with a message urging them to use software from a different company.

OkCupid is taking issue with Brendan Eich, the new CEO of Mozilla -- the company behind the Firefox browser. The dating site says he is an "opponent of equal rights for gay couples." It also calls Eich, "misguided."

"If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8 percent of the relationships we've worked so hard to bring about would be illegal," the website writes in the message greeting Firefox users.

Eich donated $1,000 to support California's Proposition 8 in 2008, according to election donation data posted by the Los Angeles Times. Prop 8 aimed to ban gay marriage in that state.

"We wish Mozilla's institutional commitment to freedom and openness were better reflected by their choice of leadership," OkCupid wrote.

Prior to the OkCupid statement, Eich responded to criticism about his selection as CEO in a blog post March 26. In that message, he pledged to work to ensure equality in Mozilla events, work with the LGBT community, uphold existing company policies and "reach out to those who feel excluded."

"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," Eich told his employees.

At the base of the OkCupid letter greeting Firefox users, the website offers links to downloads of alternative browsers. There is also a link, at the very bottom of the page, that will allow Firefox users continue to the OkCupid site.

Minutes after 7NEWS, our Denver sister station, originally posted this story, Mozilla offered this written statement about the controversy:

"Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples. No matter who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the same rights and to be treated equally. OkCupid never reached out to us to let us know of their intentions, nor to confirm facts."

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