Mozilla was setup as an Internet Values organization - our mission statement has 10 clauses, 9 of them are about the Internet and the 10th is about transparency. For 15+ years Brendan took that scope as his charge every day and he built quite an amazing thing. Then he was named the next CEO.
And a funny thing happened on the way to the office...
We learned that the world rightly sees us as more than just an Internet organization. We fight for rights that sit on a pyramid of human rights - and the marvelous cacophony of voices that is the open Web considers us cousins in the struggle for general freedom and justice at the base of the pyramid.
That's awesome and it makes me proud because you earn that kind of respect. Against that backdrop Brendan's personal support of prop 8 was a man-bites-dog story of hypocrisy. Those stories don't go away.
Brendan was clear he didn't think we could embrace that broader role and still build a global constituency with enough reach to achieve our stated mission. In the end that wasn't really the choice left to make - the world had already made it: Mozilla was supposed to be the good guys and leadership is different than membership.
Brendan wasn't the right match for Mozilla leadership, but reconciliation is important too. Brendan has done some amazing things (both technical and non technical) and has a lot more to give. The world will be a better place when he finds the right fit to do it in.
As for us - we've got some more navel gazing and major rebuilding to do. It won't just come from the top down - nothing in #Mozilla
does. But I'm proud to stand on the right side of equality this morning.