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.

Said the company in a statement:

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.

Recently over 130 US House Representatives also signed a joint brief against DOMA.


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US House Votes to Tie Obama’s Hands on DOMA

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Beth K.
.5 years ago

David S is actually pretty funny. I must use the term "gay mafia" the next chance I get. Then I can tell my friends about the homophobe on care and his "crooked rainbow". That one was funny too.

I get it now, one of those "crooked gamers", who are completely divorce for reality. Sorry David, I thought you were making a joke.

DaretoCare Still

David S - Can I ask exactly what it is that you are trying to express? "The Crooked Rainbow"? "Crooked Pseudomarriage "? Did you make those phrases up all on your own? If I am understanding your attempt to verbalize correctly - and I'm not entirely certain that I am, can you tell me please, what you or anybody else for that matter, lose when someone else has the same rights as you do?

David Johnson
David Johnson5 years ago

Thanks EA!

Jane H.
Jane H5 years ago

My thanks to all of them.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley5 years ago

DOMA should have been tossed in the trash can already. Well done EA for speaking out against it.

Ahren A.
Past Member 5 years ago

DOMA = discrimination of my ass

Timothy Wood
Timothy W5 years ago

Comments from right wing Politicians saying we should air lift the Queers in to camps and let them die off sound like death threats to me. And these people are dumb enough to say on camera. Yes the right makes threats regularly. All the gay community wants is to live equally like the rest of the tax payers in the country.

Timothy Wood
Timothy W5 years ago

Any of you gay guys out there ever hear from the Gay mafia. I sure haven't. The only time I hear a mention of them is from anti gay fools that think they can say they have proved something just because they read it on a website set up by the guys that claim the Gay Mafia threatened. I do know that many gay run business' have been threat bombed burned and clients and owners beaten and killed by ant Gay extremist. These items can be found as a matter of public court record in almost every state of the Union. You don't hear of many people talking about breeder bashing, but you do hear of a lot of Gay bashing. (I only use the term breeder in comparison to Gay. No hate intended) It has been shown thought that there were several instances over the past few years where anti gay groups actually went out of their way to post threats to themselves trying to say it was done by gays. I am sure there are a few gays out there that might do such things but it is far from the norm. Sometimes the so called threats made supposedly by gays are so obviously fake just by the language used. Anti Gay people, the really of the wall extreme ones use language that simply wouldn't be natural to a gay person when it comes to describing a gay persons thoughts.

Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

Good for EA Games to stand against DOMA. Well done.

David S.
David S.5 years ago

@ Tim: The Right is not making death threats to private residences. I have several links on my website to articles proving that the Gay Mafia IS making death threats over the phone. You have -50 right to accuse the Right of being the ones guilty of "hate."