Posted By Robert G. about 11 months ago
Electronic Arts, for all the hate and vitriol they receive on a daily basis for being the worst corporation in America, is at the end of the day a more complex entity than we are lead to believe. Today, for example, EA has released a statement publicly advocating their dissatisfaction for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
For those not privy to American politics, DOMA is a United States Federal Law that defines the institute of marriage to be a man and a woman. First enacted in 1996, DOMA has increasingly become under fire as being both unconstitutional and immoral, as it discriminates against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community on both moral and economic grounds. The past few years, Section 3 of DOMA, which defines what marriage is, has been under constant challenge by the LGBT community, with a breakthrough happening in the California federal court, titled Golinski v. Office of Personal Management, which has ruled that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional.
Since the ruling, which happened on February 22nd, 2012, many politicians have attempted to throw out the ruling by making several appeals, including one to have the U.S Supreme Court review the case on a later date. As well as that, several Amicus Briefs have been filed to persuade the Department of Justice from overturning the current rulings. Other court cases have also been filed that have deemed the law unconstitutional. As for Electronic Arts, they have joined 70 other major U.S companies in issuing an Amicus Brief against DOMA, including corporations like Nike, Google, National Grid and Levi Strauss Co., to name a few others. Electronic Arts is also currently the only video game publisher or developer to publicly come out against DOMA.
Of course, EA is also practical in their reason why. Here is their full statement.
While is it fairly calculating in terms of their reasons to go against DOMA, the fact that they are able to cite a probable cause for companies in the United States to not support the law as it stands on the grounds of economics and tax regulations, it is actually more ammunition to fully overturn the Defense of Marriage Act as we know it, from both a moral and financial standpoint. We shall see in the coming months how this plays out, and if any other game companies come out against the law.
Source: EA Press Release