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OKCupid Takes A Stand [Pic]

Dating website OKCupid has sought to deter users from accessing its site via browser Mozilla Firefox.

Dating website OKCupid has sought to deter users from accessing its site via browser Mozilla Firefox.

The site says the move was in response to new Mozilla chief executive Brendan Eich”s previous opposition to gay marriage in the US state of California. Users are directed to use other internet browsers, such as Chrome. Mozilla said OKCupid had not contacted it to confirm facts, and that: “Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples.”

Visitors to OKCupid”s website using Mozilla”s free Firefox browser see a message that reads: “Mozilla”s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples.

“We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OKCupid.”
However, it is still possible to access OKCupid”s site via Firefox, if users click through the message.

“It”s hard for me to think of a scenario where someone could donate to that campaign without feeling that queer folks are less deserving of basic rights” saidChristie Koehler, aMozilla employee.

Ok Cupid is owned by media conglomerate IAC/InterActive Corp, which owns 50 brands across 40 countries. These include other major dating sites, like Match.com, as well as news website the Daily Beast and web properties like Dictionary.com.
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Mr Eich, who is the inventor of JavaScript, was appointed to lead the open-source browser firm on 24 March. He is listed publicly as having donated to a campaign in support of California”s Proposition 8 campaign in 2008, which had sought to ban gay marriage in the western US state. Although it was initially passed, it was later overturned by the US Supreme Court in 2013. After his appointment was announced, supporters of same-sex marriage in the US, including many Mozilla employees, expressed unease at the decision.

Mozilla”s head of education, Christie Koehler, who is gay, wrote on her blog:
“It”s hard for me to think of a scenario where someone could donate to that campaign without feeling that queer folks are less deserving of basic rights.”

However, she added that while she was personally disappointed, she said she did not think it would affect her work at Mozilla.

Mr Eich responded in a post, saying that he remained committed to openness in the work place and offering assurances that Mozilla would not change certain policies, like health insurance for the partners of gay employees.

“I am committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion,” he wrote.

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Date: 04/01/14 06:34 AM

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  1. Profile photo of BlargBot
    BlargBot Male 30-39
    108 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 5:45 am
    Link: OKCupid Takes A Stand - Encourages users not to use Mozilla software
  2. Profile photo of TruTenrMan
    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
    2553 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 6:46 am
    Meh... haven`t used Firefox since Chrome came out anyway.
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    jwhalerfan Male 30-39
    220 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 7:24 am
    He also doesn`t like black olives on pizza, which is my favorite. And because it`s what I prefer, he should like it, too. Hang him. Hang him now.
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    papajon0s1 Male 40-49
    578 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 7:43 am
    Idiotic. I say we boycott OK Cupid for stompng on Constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of religion!
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    JamesBlood Male 30-39
    34 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 7:51 am
    that is impressively ballsy statemtnt,
    and good way of fighting i think. keep up the good work OKcupid!

    re: Papajon0s - Okcupid did not stump on annyone`s rights they had made a statement informing people about something they dissagree with. It just so happens that this act is promoting a freedom of expression and opinion. they do NOT ban FF users from using their site eitehr so your comment is just completly wrong.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
    7707 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 8:21 am
    It`s the thin end of the wedge if people boycott FF. The whole point of the internet is unrestricted freedom of speech. The governments would start blocking whatever they wanted using any excuse they wanted.
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    jwhalerfan Male 30-39
    220 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 8:22 am
    Oh you silly Europeans... mind your own business and stop concentrating on America.
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    I-Am-Annoyed Male 30-39
    49 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 8:51 am
    Unless the guy is spending corporate money on supporting his personal beliefs, I dont see what the issue is. Yes, you may disagree with his idea, but take that up with him personally, rather than by boycotting the product of his corporation.
  9. Profile photo of BlargBot
    BlargBot Male 30-39
    108 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 9:00 am
    @drawman61, papajon0s1
    I don`t understand how choosing not to use FF infringes on freedom of speech. Consumers have a right to prefer to use services from organizations whose values align with their own.
  10. Profile photo of BlargBot
    BlargBot Male 30-39
    108 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 9:13 am
    @I-Am-Annoyed,
    I would agree with you if he were a random employee. However, a CEO represents the company...in some ways even personifies it. Additionally, a CEO should provide the vision and moral leadership for a company. As a result, for many people, the CEO`s actions outside the boardroom are relevant.
  11. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
    6662 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 9:48 am
    `It`s the thin end of the wedge if people boycott FF. `

    How would that work? If people boycott any business how does that help the government become more controlling?
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    Mr_Pedo_Bear Male 70 & Over
    997 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 11:37 am
    They want to make this statement yes then do it. But it`s the way they`ve done it.

    They`ve monitored the browser you`re using when you enter the site, and indicate that they dislike Mozilla as tactically endorsing this guys position. You have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to click through. So to some users it may scare them that they may get a lesser service if they continue to use Mozilla as OK cupid will see it as an endorsement of the position. And the other thing you have to scroll down the page a bit then click a link. So either send the message to everyone, or put it in a press release and don`t inhibit some users access by delaying them.
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    747Pilot Male 18-29
    1455 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm
    just edit the about:config page
  14. Profile photo of I-Am-Annoyed
    I-Am-Annoyed Male 30-39
    49 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm
    @BlargBot Since its important to know what CEO`s views on touchy issues are, perhaps you can tell me what the positions are of the CEO`s from Google, Microsoft, etc.

    Again, as I said, so long as the person keeps their opinions out of their management, I don`t see why we need to respond to their company rather then to them as individuals.

    We all have the right to hold any belief we choose, and while you may not respect that belief, trying to punish someone for holding it is wrong. Attacking someone will only force a defense, usually entrenching their beliefs. If you want to change their mind, try reasoning with them.
  15. Profile photo of BlargBot
    BlargBot Male 30-39
    108 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 8:14 pm
    @I-Am-Annoyed
    That is a ridiculous argument. First of all, it is not just a belief, it is an action. The CEO financial backed proposition 8 to end marriage equality in CA. Mozilla chose him as their representative to the world. This was their right just as it was his right to promote his bigoted views. But it is my right (and OK Cupid`s right) to inform others of these choices so that those who know how damaging the lack of marriage equality is (hospital issues, inheritance issues, greencard issues, etc.) can choose to take their business elsewhere. Let`s take this to an extreme and suppose a company chose an advocate of racial segregation as CEO...would other companies and individuals then be justified in choosing to take business elsewhere?
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    ryanwi Male 30-39
    73 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm
    More than 52% of California voters agreed with him and voted yes on proposition 8. It`s likely that virtually every company in California has someone on the board or a senior executive that supported it. Should we just boycott the whole state? There was a different national mood then. I`m happy to give him a pass on it.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
    2579 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm
    Blargbot - no, he`s right. Taking this sort of action will entrench them in their beliefs. It`s authoritarian and counterproductive.

    Seriously, this is some bizarre shiite. Yes, it`s very paternalist. It`s anything but tolerant. Banning completely unrelated and innocent people from using an internet browser to access a website because of gay marriage. That`s just weird, there is nothing else to call it.

    Let`s take it further now. Everyone here who thinks this is a great idea - throw away pretty much everything in your house. It`s mostly made in 3rd world countries, by workers who absolutely do not support gay marriage. Stop supporting them, they`re impeding progress. You`re a hypocrite, if you won`t. Most of what you consume goes through the channels of intolerance at one point, I`m sure.

    But seriously guys, act as tolerant as you claim to be.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
    2579 posts
    April 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm
    ryanwi - yes, if we follow this to its logical conclusion, their slogan is would then be "Boycott America (and 90% of the world)".
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    April 1, 2014 at 10:37 pm
    It`s the only way I can avoid IAB ads, so it stays.
  20. Profile photo of randomxnp
    randomxnp Male 30-39
    1293 posts
    April 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm
    Yeah, this is bollocks. STOP SAYING THOSE THAT OPPOSE GAY MARRIAGE OPPOSE EQUAL RIGHTS!

    Marriage doesn`t give you many more rights and when it does then the government is perfectly capable of adjusting that without changing the definition of marriage (was done in the UK years before gay marriage by allowing civil union). So instead of saying this is about gay rights, address the actual issue.

    Gay "rights" are being abused by anti-religious people. This is not just marriage, but other legislation such as the ACA forces religious people to go against their religious views.

    If you said "allow gay marriage, but no-one will be forced to provide services to a gay wedding" I would say that it was about gay rights. We know that the whole thing is about forcing religious people to do to do things against their religion, as was seen in Arizona by the false attacks on hte religious freedom bill.
  21. Profile photo of randomxnp
    randomxnp Male 30-39
    1293 posts
    April 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm
    Anyway eHarmony is far better. I met my wife there. All you singles, go on eHarmony, there are great girls.

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