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Mozilla CEO resigns after furor over gay rights

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NEW YORK — A little more than a week after becoming chief executive of Mozilla Corp., Brendan Eich is stepping down after an intense debate over his belief that same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry.

After his appointment as the software company’s new chief, Eich came under heavy fire from employees and the public for making a $1,000 contribution in 2008 to support a ban on same-sex marriage in California under Proposition 8.

In an interview Tuesday, Eich defended his views, saying that he was capable of separating his personal beliefs from those of the business he is running. Mozilla makes the popular Firefox Web browser and is considered a pioneer in open source, a collective development process now common in the tech industry.

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