Defense of Marriage Act Opposed by EA, Microsoft, and Zynga

Three major game companies, EA, Microsoft and Zynga, have signed a brief to be filed with the United States Supreme Court in opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act (or DOMA), which specifies marriage as being between one man and one woman.

Over 200 companies have signed the brief including Twitter, Facebook, Disney and Apple, but no other game companies were involved.

“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,” states the brief.

“DOMA thus impairs employer/employee relations and other business interests.”

Last year the companies filed a similar brief in relation to another Supreme Court case, speaking to GameSpot EA’s Sandy Goldberg commented:

“This brief is similar in nature of course, but supports a different Supreme Court case, this one being United States vs. Windsor. Both have the same implication–that DOMA presents an issue for employers by forcing them to put married employees in two categories which creates regulatory, tax, benefits and morale problems for employers.”

In January EA joined the Human Rights Campaign in opposition to DOMA and has been named as the best place to work for LGBT equality in the games industry. The company has also publicly defended studio BioWare’s games for the inclusion of same-sex relationships.

EA have also voiced their support for Gaymercon, a convention for the LGBT gamer community, being held in San Francisco in August this year. Polygon reports that EA will also be hosting a one day conference on LGBT industry issues next week at an invite only event in New York.