Electronic Arts today announced that they are joining a group of businesses opposing DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act).
In case you aren’t familiar with it, the Defense of Marriage Act is a federal law that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The law also states that no U.S. state or political subdivision is required to recognize a same-sex marriage treated as a marriage in another state, and that no same-sex marriage need be recognized for federal purposes, such as insurance benefits or the filing of joint tax returns.
By standing up against the law, EA is joining dozens of other companies in signing an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit of Appeals to find portions of the act unconstitutional.
Here’s the company’s official word on the matter:
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.
We’re glad to see EA step up to the plate on this matter, as the tech industry continues to hold more and more weight not only in our economy but in the country’s general well-being.