GameSpot is reporting that three game companies have signed onto an amicus brief opposing the Defense of Marriage Act. The law is being challenged by groups that want the court to strike down the law that defined marriage as being between "a man and a woman."
EA, Microsoft and Zynga have joined 275 companies in the United States that signed the brief calling on the Supreme Court to repeal the act signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996 after passing both houses of Congress (then controlled by Republicans). Other companies signing the brief include Facebook, Amazon, Starbucks, Twitter, The Walt Disney Company, and GameSpot parent company CBS Corporation.
"Although marriages are celebrated and recognized under state law, DOMA, a federal law withholding marital benefits from some lawful marriages but not others, requires that employers treat one employee differently from another, when each is married, and each marriage is equally lawful," reads a line from the brief. "DOMA thus impairs employer/employee relations and other business interests."
EA last month joined a Human Rights Campaign business coalition to support the repeal of DOMA. The company has been a friend to the LGBT community over the last several years by supporting various initiatives and by providing a work environment that does not discriminate against the LGBT community.
EA will also join the HRC and the Ford Foundation in New York City next week to discuss LGBT issues in games. The event will dissect the origins of homophobia in games, the difference between "exclusive and inclusive language," and how employers can do a better job of creating work environments that are more inclusive to LGBT employees.