Target: Christian Rudder, President of Dating site OkCupid
Goal: Commend dating web site’s commitment to equality for same-sex relationships
Recently, dating web site OkCupid published a message that appears when users try to log into their accounts from a Mozilla Firefox browser. The message encourages users to use another browser to access the site, explaining that the company’s CEO “is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples” and that “those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.”
The message comes in response to the promotion of Brendan Eich to CEO of Mozilla. Eich has expressed anti-LBGT views and donated one thousand dollars to Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that sought to ban same-sex marriage in California. Mozilla employees have taken to Twitter to voice their opposition to the new CEO, and the app development company Rarebit pulled all its apps from Mozilla in protest. Founder of Rarebit Hampton Catlin said, “As a married gay couple who are co-founders of this venture, we have chosen to boycott all Mozilla projects.”
While the company is not outright preventing users from accessing the site via Firefox as there is still a link to continue on the bottom of the page, OkCupid is an extremely high-profile company and this is a bold move on their part. It shows their commitment to equal rights for all sexual orientations.
Please sign this petition to comment OkCupid for its support of equality for all relationships, and to stand behind them in their fight against bigotry and oppression.
Dear Christian Rudder,
Thank you for you and OkCupid’s commitment to LBGT rights. Your letter to users accessing the site through Mozilla Firefox was a bold move in support of equality for everyone. As a dating site, your duty to your users freedom to love who they choose to love is your first priority, and I would like to show my support for your company’s decision to reject Mozilla and their bigoted CEO.
Thank you for this very important statement, and please continue your progressive stance in favor of equality for everyone.
[Your Name Here]
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