UPDATE: Eich resigned yesterday as Mozilla CEO. Read more about the resignation here.

The following comes from an Apr. 2 story on the Christian Post.

Brendan Eich, the new CEO of Mozilla, which is behind the Firefox web browser, is speaking out amid criticism that he made a donation in 2008 to California’s amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. Eich said he keeps his personal beliefs and work separate.

Saying he has kept his beliefs out of Mozilla “all these 15 years we’ve been going,” Eich told the Guardian on Tuesday that the principle that he has operated by and that is also formalized in the company’s code of conduct “is it’s really about keeping anything that’s not central to our mission out of our office.”

Following Eich’s appointment last week, groups on both sides of the gay marriage debate have called for a boycott of Mozilla, based in Silicon Valley, Calif. The dating website OKCupid and some Mozilla employees have asked the software company to remove Eich over his donation to Proposition 8. Meanwhile, conservatives, including Robert P. George, a professor at Princeton University and chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, have refused to use the company’s Firefox web browser, citing the tech corporation’s criticism of those who support traditional marriage.

The controversy began last week when Eich was internally promoted as chief executive of the company. Eich, who also created JavaScript, previously worked as the company’s chief technology officer since 2005. In 2008, Eich made a $1,000 donation in support of California’s Proposition 8 that sought to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. The proposition was approved by voters but later struck down in court.

Eich’s promotion to CEO drew criticism, with some Mozilla employees and other activists expressing their concern online. Sydney Moyer, a member of the company’s engagement team, tweeted: “I’m an employee of @mozilla and cannot reconcile having @BrendanEich as CEO with our org’s culture & mission. Brendan, please step down.”

Other Mozilla employees began tweeting similar messages, including Chris McAvoy, lead of Mozilla’s Open Badges project, who wrote: “I love @mozilla but I’m disappointed this week,” referring to the appointment of Eich. McAvoy then asked Eich to step down as CEO, adding that he’s fortunate to work for a company where he can express himself on issues such as gay marriage “without fear of retribution.”

Criticism from Mozilla employees and other groups prompted the software company, and Eich himself, to release statements clarifying that they support the inclusion of all people, regardless of their sexuality.

“Mozilla’s mission is to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just. This is why Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples. No matter who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the same rights and to be treated equally,” the company said in a statement on its official blog.

Eich also issued his own statement on his personal blog, in which he promised to “foster equality” for all individuals through his role as CEO at Mozilla. He also listed several ways in which he will foster such equality, including working with leaders of the LGBT community.

“I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything. I can only ask for your support to have the time to ‘show, not tell;’ and in the meantime express my sorrow at having caused pain,” Eich wrote, adding that he is “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.”

….While some have boycotted Mozilla for Eich’s support of traditional marriage, Robert P. George, an influential conservative, has called on those supporting religious freedom to boycott Mozilla for not defending Eich’s beliefs.

“The employees of Mozilla evidently think that people like me, and perhaps you, are not morally fit to be employees of their company,” George wrote on his Facebook page.

“The CEO isn’t out yet, but he has already caved to the pressure, apologizing for ‘causing pain’ by supporting marriage. … That won’t be enough. His ‘sin’ is unforgivable under the new morality. He’ll soon be gone.”

With that, George said he deleted Mozilla Firefox from his computer.

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