The Foundry is reporting today that Mozilla Corp. co-founder Brendan Eich has resigned as CEO after a week of public criticism for his support of Proposition 8 in California. Proposition 8 was the ballot initiative that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Brendan Eich had been at Mozilla for 15 years.
I have a few problems with the forced resignation of Mr. Eich. How does anyone know he contributed to a campaign supporting Proposition 8? Is that public information? Since when did supporting traditional marriage cost you your job? Aren’t Americans allowed to contribute to things they believe in?
The intolerance shown by those forcing Mr. Eich to step down is many times worse than the intolerance those people are accusing Mr. Eich of. It is really sad that there is no room for a discussion of the history or tradition of marriage here–Mr. Eich is simply condemned because he supports something that has been a tradition for thousands of years. That is sad.