4 Apr 2012 edit
I have six things to say:
I am in a committed relationship with my partner Melissa. We will celebrate six years together on Sunday. We contribute frequently to political causes.
I had a frank, private, and face-to-face conversation with Brendan about the issue during JSConf. I shared my disappointment, sadness, and disagreement.
I believe individual companies must determine how best to address these issues, as their attitude toward them can have a significant impact on their ability to hire and retain talented people. I support constructive pressure on companies to align themselves with or distance themselves from political causes, but I would not support a company that prohibited its employees from participating in the political process. I urge anyone who is hurt or offended by this incident to engage with Brendan and Mozilla personally and professionally. Brendan is wrong on this issue, but he is a thoughtful and intelligent person, and he is also a human being.
Finally: If this incident has made you angry or sad or disappointed, the most effective thing you can do is follow in Brendan's footsteps by putting your money where your mouth is. Money speaks volumes in the American political system, and there are campaigns in progress right now that will impact the rights of gays and lesbians. Your contribution of $50, $100, or $1,000 -- or, in lieu of money, your time -- will have far more impact than yet another angry tweet.
And now I shall turn off the internet for a bit. Comments are disabled. Shocker, I know.
* It bears mentioning that, in certain cases, people making political contributions are required to include information about their employer. The inclusion of this information does not indicate that the employer supports -- or is even aware of -- the contribution.