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OkCupid Shames Anti-Gay Mozilla CEO, Urges Users To Drop Firefox Browser

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Beginning Monday, OkCupid users trying to access the site through Firefox were instead shown a message saying that the company prefers users switch to another browser. Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who was appointed over the weekend, donated $1,000 in support of California's anti-gay Proposition 8.

"Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there's a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we're asserting ourselves today," the message reads. "This is why: we've devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we've worked so hard to bring about would be illegal."

"Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid," the message continues. "But it's professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure."

Users are then provided with links to Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari, but are still given the option to click through to the OkCupid site.

Mozilla responded in a statement Monday, saying the company supports equal rights for all.

"No matter who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the same rights and to be treated equally," the statement read, as quoted by the Associated Press. "OkCupid never reached out to us to let us know of their intentions, nor to confirm facts."

h/t Gizmodo

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