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Dan Savage On 'Gay Mafia' And Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's Resignation

Outspoken lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist Dan Savage sounded off on Bill Maher's controversial suggestion of a "gay mafia" during a HuffPost Live interview this week.

Earlier this month, Maher sparked the ire of a number of LGBT advocates when he implied that Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's resignation was the result of pressure from a "gay mafia." Eich stepped down from his new position after news of his support of a 2008 anti-gay marriage campaign came to light.

Savage shrugged off the idea of a gay mob, noting, "No gay rights organizations had called for him to step down. This wasn't really an issue in the gay community, it was an issue at Mozilla. There were people at Mozilla who didn't want this man representing them."

Pointing to Eich's support of both Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul, Savage added, "He was perceived by his own employees as an unacceptable CEO."

If a gay mafia did exist, Savage joked, it would be "the slowest mafia on Earth to move, when you look at all the enemies of LGBT equality."


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