Electronic Arts has joined with other US employers in signing an amicus brief
against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA
), asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to find the law unconstitutional. DOMA defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman.
Beyond being good PR in the face of the United States' changing attitudes toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, being against DOMA also helps alleviate significant human resources headaches.
"DOMA presents a number of problems for businesses like EA," the company wrote in a statement. "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."
EA has been publicly supportive of its LGBT employees, condoning presence
at both Seattle and San Francisco Pride this year. The company also participated in the "It Gets Better