"We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves," wrote executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker.
Last week, Eich came under attack from Mozilla employees because of a $1,000 donation he made in support of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative to ban marriage for same-sex couples. Then on Tuesday, the online dating Web site OkCupid told Firefox users to boycott the browser because of the controversy.
On March 26, Eich wrote a blog post expressing his "sorrow at having caused pain" and committed himself to upholding Mozilla's non-discrimination policies. The company provides health benefits to same-sex couples regardless of the state in which they live.
But Eich declined to step down, telling CNET that Mozilla was founded on "principles of inclusiveness" and that the company would fail if it didn't live up to them.
Eich has now apparently reconsidered that position.
Mozilla says it's considering its next steps. "We need to put our focus back on protecting [the] Web," wrote Baker.