EA Games Says DOMA is Bad for Business
EA Games has joined a number of other companies in filing an amicus brief with the federal courts against the Defense of Marriage Act.
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.
The games company signed the amicus brief alongside 70 other employers, including the city of Seattle, Gap Inc., Xerox, and Microsoft.
The case in question is the Golinski v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management, where Karen Golinski, a federal court employee, sued the government after she was denied the same spousal benefits for her wife that a married heterosexual employee would have been able to access.
Both a federal district court and the court of appeals have ruled that DOMA Section 3, which was used to deny Golinski such benefits, violates the Constitution.