Mozilla chief steps down amid controversy

Mozilla chief steps down amid controversy

The chief of Firefox browser maker Mozilla is stepping down in the face of controversy stirred by his support of a California bill to ban gay marriage.

Brendan Eich voluntarily surrendered his role as chief executive of Mozilla, a corporation owned by a non-profit foundation of the same name, according to a blog post by executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker.

Eich's appointment had triggered outrage in the typically open-minded community devoted to improving and spreading free Firefox open-source Web browsing software.

The backlash sprung from news of a cash donation he made in 2008 to support passage of a California law banning gay marriage, a move he has never publicly retracted.