Mozilla CEO Resigns From Post After Being Vilified for Supporting Prop 8

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Eich also resigned from his position as a board member on the Mozilla Foundation, the nonprofit that owns Mozilla Corporation. The creator of JavaScript scripting language helped build the popular web browser over a decade ago.

In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 in support of Proposition 8 that sought to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. The bill passed with 52 percent of the vote in the California state assembly and was approved by voters, but the Supreme Court overturned it in 2013.

In a statement, Mozilla's executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker, apologized to members of the Firefox community who had been outraged by the company's decision to hire Eich as CEO.

After less than a month on the job, Brendan Eich has stepped down as CEO of Mozilla, the company he co-founded, amid a firestorm of criticism he's received for making a 2008 donation to support a California amendment that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

(Photo: Reuters/Albert Gea)A man is seen next to a Firefox logo at a Mozilla stand during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 28, 2013.