Vote to Remove Brantly Millegan From ENS Foundation Likely to Fail

Millegan was removed as a steward of the DAO behind the Ethereum Names Service and the True Names Foundation.

AccessTimeIconMar 2, 2022 at 7:06 a.m. UTC
Updated Mar 2, 2022 at 4:18 p.m. UTC
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A vote to oust Brantly Millegan as a director of the Cayman Islands-registered ENS Foundation, the legal entity behind the eponymous distributed autonomous organization (DAO), is likely to fail with 45% against his removal and 15% abstaining.

  • In early February, Millegan, a core contributor to Ethereum Names Service, was relieved from his position as steward of the ENS DAO and True Names Ltd. for tweets that espoused traditional Catholic views.
  • The development of the ENS code is managed by True Names Ltd. ENS Foundation is the parent of True Names Ltd.
  • Voting is conducted on a one-token-one-vote basis, with Millegan allowed to cast his own vote. Millegan is the largest voter so far, given his holdings.
  • Nick Johnson, founder and lead developer of ENS, who fired Millegan from True Names Ltd. has decided to abstain from voting according to on-chain data.
  • Before Johnson fired Millegan, he was a vocal supporter, tweeting that he had “never seen Brantly treat anyone as different or lesser because of who they are.”
  • The initial decision to fire Millegan was met with some hostility from the ENS community, with members highlighting the irony of a decentralized service censuring someone for his religious beliefs.
  • ENS’ token is up 1% on-day, according to CoinGecko, trading at $15.20.


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