This is very disturbing for a number of reasons. Namely, Eich did nothing wrong in financially supporting a political cause. In fact, donating to a voter initiative should be applauded not condemned. It is the right of every American to get involved in political activity by donating or volunteering.
Eich’s support of Proposition 8 is also totally irrelevant to his duties as CEO of Mozilla. He is credited as a leader in the industry who has played a major role in the growth of his company. According to venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, Eich “made a profound contribution to the Web and to the entire world.”
Despite his technology track record, Eich was forced to resign due to his views on marriage. This is a victory for the forces of censorship who have claimed another victim. It seems no one can oppose gay marriage. If so, their business will be attacked and their jobs will be threatened. Fortunately, not all gay rights activists support this type of censorship. Commentator Andrew Sullivan lamented that “if we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.” Yes, the tables have certainly turned.