Video game giants Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Zynga have joined over 40 other companies including Starbucks, Google, and CBS in a formal amicus brief to oppose the United States’ Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Act was signed into federal law in 1996 and defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
DOMA restricts gay couples from receiving health and tax benefits.These companies say the Act is discriminatory, hurts morale, and essentially puts an unwanted burden on their employees’ lives. All parties involved in the brief are urging the U.S.’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to find DOMA unconstitutional.
Not a stranger to showing its support to the LGBT community, Electronic Arts participated in San Francisco and Seattle gay pride events this year. Even its games, including the Dragon Age and Mass Effect series, have given players the option to develop relationships with members of the same-sex and even featured prominent LGBT characters.