What do matchmaking and web browsers have to do with each other? Should it make a difference what browser you use to access a certain website? The team over at OKCupid certainly thinks so.
If you’re a Firefox user and you tried to access your OKCupid account today, you will have seen a message from the OKC team asking you to use a web browser other than Firefox to access their site. (To be fair, it’s only a request, and users can still access their OKC accounts after an extra click or two.)
The reason is pretty simple: Brendan Eich, the new CEO of Mozilla is against equal rights for gay and lesbian couples. The controversy over Eich’s $1,000 donation to Prop 8 in California several years ago may have died down, but it’s resurfaced now that he’s been named Mozilla’s new head honcho.
[box type=”shadow”]“Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there’s a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we’re asserting ourselves today. This is why: we’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OKCupid. But it’s professionally important to the entire company. OKCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.”[/box]
Because OKC is in the business of love and matchmaking, it’s only natural that they would support equality. Unlike some other dating sites that have resisted the push to match same-gender couples, OKC has always been progressive and all-inclusive of LGBTQ+ individuals. Recently, they’ve even expanded to include options for a multitude of relationship types.
Naturally, a company so dedicated to matching people of all colors of the rainbow would be at odds with a company who hires an anti-equality CEO. Kudos to OKC for standing up and letting their voices be heard.