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Anti-gay marriage group calls for boycott of Mozilla Firefox

Brendan Eich (AP Photo/Mozilla)
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A leading anti-gay marriage organization is calling for a boycott of the web browser Firefox after its maker, Mozilla, forced out its CEO over his opposition to same-sex marriage.

The National Organization for Marriage said in a statement that the exit of CEO Brendan Eich on Thursday -- Eich resigned amidst pressure over his contributions to the 2008 ballot measure outlawing gay marriage in California -- resulted from a "McCarthy-esque witch hunt."

“When Brendon Eich made his modest contribution to support Proposition 8, Barack Obama was on the ballot as a candidate who said he believed marriage was the union of one man and one woman," NOM president Brian Brown said. "Now Eich has been the target of a vicious character attack by gay activists who have forced him out of the company he has helped lead for years."

NOM said gay marriage opponents should remove Firefox from their computers.

Eich gave $1,000 in support of Proposition 8 in 2008. After he took the helm of the company two weeks ago, a number of Mozilla employees took to social media to call for his ouster. Three members of Mozilla's board quit.

While the initial controversy over Eich's contribution led to his exit, there is a growing backlash over whether it was appropriate for Eich to be ostracized for holding a view that nearly half of Americans continue to hold.