April 4 (Bloomberg) — Mozilla Corp., maker of the Firefox Web browser, said Chief Executive Officer Brendan Eich resigned after being criticized for donating money to an anti-gay marriage group.

Eich, who also co-founded Mozilla, became CEO in March. The controversy concerned a $1,000 donation he made in 2008 to a group that supported Proposition 8, a California initiative that banned same-sex marriage and was later found to be unconstitutional.

While Eich said in interviews in recent days that he wouldn't resign for expressing a personal opinion, he changed his mind, according to a blog post yesterday by Mitchell Baker, Mozilla's executive chairwoman. She didn't name a replacement for Eich, and said there will be more information next week.

"Our mission is bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader," Eich said in a statement issued by Mozilla. "I will be taking time before I decide what to do next."

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