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posted by NCommander on Tuesday April 01 2014, @11:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the i-guess-they'll-unfriend-mozilla dept.
Sir Finkus and keplr writes:

The controversy around Mozilla's new CEO Brendan Eich continues. Eich made a personal $1000 donation to California's Yes on Proposition 8 campaign in 2008. Now, dating site OkCupid has started redirecting Firefox users to a page explaining Eich's views against marriage equality, and asking users to switch to IE, Chrome, or Opera.

The page states:

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. 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.

Visitors are then provided links to alternative browsers, or they can continue to the site by clicking a hyperlink at the bottom of the page.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by MrGuy on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:17PM

    by MrGuy (1007) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:17PM (#24063)

    The easier way is to go the soft money route.

    Don't donate to a specific cause or candidate. Donate to a squishy organization that in TURN donates to those causes/candidates. Then you didn't donate to an anti-gay-marriage campaign. You donated to "Strengthening American Families, Inc.", which just HAPPENS to donate to anti-gay-marriage campaigns.

    PAC's/SuperPAC's are pretty much custom designed entities to get around donation limits and donor transparency laws, and the Supreme Court tragically ruled them perfectly LEGAL ways to get around those laws.

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  • (Score: 1) by Grishnakh on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:38PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:38PM (#24080)

    Then you didn't donate to an anti-gay-marriage campaign. You donated to "Strengthening American Families, Inc.", which just HAPPENS to donate to anti-gay-marriage campaigns.

    I don't know about this. Obviously, these organizations exist and all, but what I mean is: do any high-profile people, who are trying to appear neutral on these issues, actually donate to these things? It wouldn't be that hard to figure out, and then out them.

    One of my points in an earlier discussion about Eich was that you don't see other tech CEOs and luminaries donating to crap like this, or really making any stand on social issues usually. The people who do are people whose public image wouldn't be tarnished by such associations (such as Republican politicians, Hobby Lobby executives, etc.). I think if Bill Gates or Steve Jobs had donated to "Strengthening American Families Inc.", we would have heard about it.

    • (Score: 1) by Bill, Shooter Of Bul on Tuesday April 01 2014, @02:18PM

      by Bill, Shooter Of Bul (3170) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @02:18PM (#24173)

      No, because the rules that govern some of the groups allow them to keep their donors secret. You donate anonymously to one group, and they donate to another group publicly, or advocate for the act personally.