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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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It's great to hear that major companies are against DOMA...Behind these companies who make games for us (etc.) are people, who for them, this is can be a real issue.
I hope EA and microsoft sponsor the next SF pride....kind of just kidding.
For once Activision isn't behind an evil scheme... it's a first! For the record, I have nothing against Activision.
Ps3 next The Sims 3 Pet yet ps3 trophy hurry game long only.
This has sparked a fire...
Companies want to protect their employees legal rights, even if you're against equal marriage you should be happy for that fact.
To all the people who persecute gay people or simply say they don't care, I would like to see you be so careless if it were your rights that were being diminished.
Good for you EA. These religious people who oppose gay marriage need to wake up and realize how hypocritical and idiotic they're being. It amazes me how they could latch on so strongly to one small part of the bible and ride it out like gay marriage was some sort of personal attack on their rights (which it isn't).
You don't like gay marriage? Fine, might I suggest a pillow to punch or a stress ball to squeeze? Trying to tell thousands of other men and women how they're "supposed" to live their lives is just plain dumb.
Anytime I see something involving homosexuality I feel like eating Oreos. Weird. . .
I hate Zynga just a little bit less now - a little bit - they are still a bunch of jerks. Still, I can't help but wonder why homosexuality is even an issue anymore. It is an ancient practice (even world leaders have been in the past) and is exhibited by multiple species to include primates. I guess the very religious could use the argument that their god(s) will smite the homos for their "sin" but that would be god's place to judge, not theirs. Basically there is no reason not to legalize homosexual marriage because there will be no negative side effects. I've also heard parents on forums asking how they are supposed to explain it to their kids. If a kid asks why there are two men or two women holding hands then it isn't too difficult to take a 5 minute conversation and explain it. Say something like "love is blind," the kid will forget it in 5 seconds anyway.
Well, there is my little speil.
tl;dr I support homosexual marriage, and while I won't give you an earful for disagreeing I can probably get in to an argument with someone IRL if they provoke one.
Good for EA.