NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Brendan Eich was pressured to resign as CEO of Mozilla on Thursday, after backlash for a contribution he made in 2008 to a California initiative to ban gay marriage began to affect his ability to run the company.
In a blog post confirming Eich's resignation, Mozilla -- which owns the Firefox Web browser -- said it had failed to live up to its high standards. The site also acknowledged that many people were "hurt and angry" that Mozilla's directors hadn't acted sooner to dismiss Eich after reports of his contributions surfaced.
The public outcry for Eich's resignation was led by dating site OkCupid.com, which called for a boycott of Firefox, branding Eich an opponent of gay marriage. On Monday, OkCupid told its visitors that they should use Microsoft's (MSFT) Internet Explorer or Google's (GOOG) Chrome. The message from OkCupid said that Mozilla's new CEO was an opponent of equal rights for gay couple.
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