Game publishers Zynga, Electronic Arts and Microsoft have signed an amicus brief ("friend of the court") asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to find parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. DOMA was signed into law on September 21, 1996 by President Bill Clinton after passing both houses of Congress by large majorities. The law was supported by both parties at the time. In 2011 President Barak Obama said that, while he would continue to enforce the law, his administration would no longer defend challenges to it in court.
Section 3 of DOMA defines marriage as being between "one man and one woman as husband and wife" and ascribes the word "spouse" (in legal terms) "to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife." Section 2 basically says that states do not have to recognize marriages of same sex couples in other states. Further it says that the Federal Government does not have to recognize these marriages on important documents such as tax returns.
EA is latest game publisher to sign onto the amicus brief, though there are plenty of other companies taking sides on this issue as well.
"DOMA presents a number of problems for businesses like EA, as it creates regulatory, tax, and discrimination complications for employers, and that's why we're standing against it," EA said in a statement. "The underlying lawsuit impacts all employers no matter how big or small, and no matter the industry, and we encourage other business to join these efforts."