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Brendan Eich Was a Victim of Market Forces

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Firefox - MozillaBrendan Eich is a tech legend, the inventor of Javascript–a programming language that powers much of what’s cool on the web. He is also a bigot, a donor to California’s successful Prop 8 effort in 2008 to enshrine hate in the state constitution by banning same-sex marriage.

Last week he was named as CEO of the Mozilla Foundation, a nonprofit organization best known for the Firefox browser. It is an organization in turmoil, as the mobile revolution makes desktop computers increasingly irrelevant, and with that, Mozilla’s core product.

The problem with Eich is that, well, he’s a bigot. And worse than that, he hasn’t “evolved” since 2008, like so much of America. He held steadfast to his beliefs, out-of-step with the world his product serves. So the Mozilla community erupted in anger, and after a half-assed effort to hang on, Eich resigned the position. So of course, you have people screaming about “persecution” from the usual conservative suspects to contrarians like Andrew Sullivan.

Authored By Markos “Kos” Moulitsas- See the Full Story at the Daily Kos

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USA: Mozilla CEO Resigns in Prop 8 Donation Controversy

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The new CEO of Mozilla has resigned after it was revealed that he had donated to the backers of Prop 8.

Firefox - MozillaABC news reports:

“I have decided to resign as CEO effective today, and leave Mozilla,” Eich said in a statement provided by Mozilla. “Our mission is bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader. I will be taking time before I decide what to do next.” Eich was previously chief technology officer of the company, but had been involved in Mozilla’s development starting from its conception in 1998. The previous acting CEO Jay Sullivan had left the company to pursue “new opportunities,” the company said.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I’m torn over it – on the one hand, it’s sad to see someone who is opposed to marriage equality running a progressive tech company. On the the other hand, have we just created another martyr for the religious right? He did step down, and was not fired, but such distinctions are often lost on our opponents.

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USA: Chuck-Fil-A CEO Going Quiet About Marriage Equality Opposition

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Chick-fil-AWell, it’s not a turn-around, but maybe the best that could be hoped for, under the circumstances?

Joe.My.God reports:

“Every leader goes through different phases of maturity, growth and development and it helps by (recognizing) the mistakes that you make. And you learn from those mistakes. If not, you’re just a fool. I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it. Probably the elements that were stressful for me most is from our internal staff and from operators and how this may be affecting them. The bottom line is we have a responsibility here to keep the whole of the organization in mind and it has to take precedence over the personal expression and opinion on social issues.” – Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy

What do y’all think?

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USA: Video of Starbucks CEO Telling Haters to Sell Shares if They Don’t Believe in Marriage Equality

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

StarbucksThe other day, we reported on Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz reaffirming his company’s support for marriaiage equality. A video of his comments just surfaced. Towleroad.com reports:

What Strobhar said as reported by KPLU: “In the first fill quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earrings — shall we say politely — were a bit disappointing.” Schultz responded by saying not every decision the company makes is an economic one: “The lens we use to make decisions is the lens of our people. We want to embrace diversity…If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”

See the clip at the link above.

Minnesota, USA: Republican CEO Leads Corporate Charge Against Marriage Equality Ban

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Minnesota, USA: Republican CEO leads Corporate Charge Against Marriage Equality BanMeet John Taft, a man that Pioneer Press reports as a “life-long Republican…the great-grandson of U.S. President William Howard Taft, as well as CEO of a brokerage that administers $227 billion in assets” and who is also leading the corporate charge against Minnesota’s anti-gay marriage amendment because he has a daughter and a stepdaughter who are both lesbians.

Pioneer Press reports:

So Taft, chief executive of RBC Wealth Management in Minneapolis, is working quietly behind the scenes, hoping to amass the safety in numbers that will allow Minnesota business leaders to say — in public — what they’re now saying only in private.

“They don’t want to be the first ones in the pool. Well, guess what? I jumped in the pool first. The water’s just fine,” Taft said in an interview at his downtown Minneapolis office.

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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NC, USA: CEO Says Amendment One Would Harm Business

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Amendment One Will Harm BusinessAdam Abram, the CEO of James River Group and chairman of Piedmont Community Bank Holdings, has said Amendment One would hurt businesses in North Carolina.

Voters will decide on Amendment One during North Carolina’s May 8 primary. The constitutional amendment would bar the state from recognizing the relationships of gay and lesbian couples with marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.

In a video released on Thursday, Abram urged voters to decide against the amendment because it would weaken the state’s competitiveness.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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Goldman Sachs CEO to Speak Out for Marriage Equality

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Goldman Sachs and Marriage EqualityLloyd C. Blankfein, the chief of Goldman Sachs who has become a lightning rod for Wall Street critics, might seem an unlikely advocate for same-sex marriage. But his credentials — a public figure in a conservative industry — could make him a powerful voice for that cause.

The Human Rights Campaign, a national organization that promotes equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, has persuaded Mr. Blankfein to be its first national corporate spokesman for same-sex marriage, an issue that will come up for a legislative vote in several states this year, including Washington and Maryland. Fred Sainz, an executive with the Human Rights Campaign, said the organization sought Mr. Blankfein, in part, because he is “an unexpected messenger.”

“Lloyd Blankfein is not someone average Americans would think is going to support marriage equality,” Mr. Sainz said. “The green visor crowd is not typically associated with socially progressive policies, and this is further proof that a diversity of Americans are coming to the same conclusion.”

Full Story from the NY Times

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MN: Target CEO Says Company Will Not Take Sides in Marriage Equality Ban Vote

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Gregg Steinhafel, Target CEOThe CEO of Target told shareholders Wednesday that the company would remain neutral on a proposed anti-marriage equality amendment in Minnesota, the state where Target is based.

During the company’s annual stockholder meeting in Pittsburgh, CEO Gregg Steinhafel was asked whether Target would take a stance on next year’s Minnesota ballot initiative, which would amend the state’s constitution to ban marriage equality.

“Our position at this particular time is that we are going to be neutral on that particular issue, as we would be on other social issues that have polarizing points of view,” Steinhafel said, according to St. Paul’s Pioneer Press.

Full Story from The Advocate

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