OkCupid asks users to boycott Firefox over gay rights row

Online dating site OkCupid, have asked their users to avoid using the Mozilla Firefox browser.

In a statement on their website, OkCupid claim that “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.”

It was revealed that Eichs made a significant donation to California’s 2008 Propositions 8 campaign , which would ban same-sex marriage.

Last month, the storm rose when Eich was promoted to CEO of the company causing a Twitter backlash.

Mozilla Firefox released a statement yesterday in which they re-affirmed their support for LGBT equality.

In their statement, OkCupid explain their passion behind this request, saying: “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’re 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.”