Folks at the popular dating website OkCupid who are all for “creating love” declared no love for Firefox, in an unprecedented and radical move, when they released a statement on their website discouraging Firefox users to access the site through the browser. Though the website does not outright bar Firefox users from entering, a protest message appears at logon urging the users to choose alternate options instead.
The protest is a part of the recent wave of backlash following last week’s appointment of Brendan Eich as the CEO of Mozilla Corporation, the company which owns Firefox. In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to California State’s initiative (Proposition 8) to ban gay marriage, a matter which gained public notoriety in 2012.
The strident statement reads, “Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.”
The reason cited for this message was to avoid “OkCupid page loads [which] would even indirectly contribute towards the success of an individual who supported Prop 8.”
In his blog post, Eich expressed regret over “having caused pain” and resolved to ensure that “Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone.” However, his efforts were in vain as three Mozilla board members resigned over the decision.
A statement was released by Mozilla in response to the OkCupid initiative which said, "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. OK cupid never reached out to us to let us know of their intentions, nor to confirm facts."