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Electronic Arts, Zynga, and Microsoft have signed on to a brief urging the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to find the law, which outlaws gay marriage, unconstitutional.
The 9th Circuit is currently hearing an appeal to an earlier decision (Golinski vs. the U.S. Office of Personal Management), which found portions of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. In the original case, Karen Golinski won a settlement awarding her employee federal health benefits to her wife. The case is being appealed by a Republican-led group called BLAG (Bi-Partisan Legal Advisory Group).
The game companies involved have signed an amicus brief (a non-binding statement that is admissible based on the court's discretion) that supports the original ruling. Electronic Arts released a statement regarding the decision on its website:
Electronic Arts has joined with dozens of leading US employers in signing an amicus brief that opposes the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and urges the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to find portions of the Act unconstitutional.
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. 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.
Other major technology and entertainment companies that have signed on to the brief include Google, eBay, Viacom, and CBS.
Source: Electronic Arts
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This is so beyond sickening...I don't even have the words.
Yes, please continue to use your first amendment rights. I don't even care if you donate money to the cause. But, EA and other companies like you, I question your involvement here. What compels you to speak up in this case? Why, other than the obvious intent to piss off fans, would you take this stance.
I believe in the right for companies to be people, but that right comes with a caveat that just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD.
not to troll but i dont believe in that...
They're just doing it for the positive press. Nothing more.
Cool. I look forward to when this nonsense is settled. The heck does it matter what gender marries another?
Also, this has nothing to do with religion (there are many religions, anyway, and a fair number wouldn't see a problem here), so it'd be nice if certain religious groups stopped trying to make it their problem. This is really about getting equal treatment on a legal basis--marriage itself is just a symbolic ritual that doesn't actually have to be approved by others and is no less real even if people outside of the married couple don't recognize it. Legal marriage, though, is just a bit of paperwork and has no need of love or truth, just approval on behalf of the government. It's the latter that's the current sticking point, and so a bit of a misdirected objection for those fighting this on a certain religion's behalf.
Good luck! I hope they win and put another dent in this discriminatory BS.. defense of marriage my ass!