Game Publishers Oppose DOMA

EA Rainbow
EA Rainbow from EscapistMag.com

Three game publishers oppose DOMA by signing the amicus curiae (friend of the court).  As the article on The Escapist says, EA’s reasons are both moral and pragmatic, citing both making same-sex couples second classes citizens, and couple that with the beaucratic nightmare that same-sex couples create for companies, along with the problems of crossing state lines and one state honoring a same-sex marriage, and the other not–it’s a mess.  It’s at once heartening to see some companies take a stand against such a clearly biased piece of legislation, but at the same time a little disheartening to that only 3 game industry companies made the effort.  Others that we might have expected have remained silent on the subject.  Still, it’s something.

The 3 publishers join just shy of 300 other US companies who also signed the Amicus curiae to have DOMA repealed.   DOMA’s controversial wording legally defines marriage as between a man and a woman, which as you can imagine makes same sex marriages challenging.  There are only a few states that allow same sex marriages, and many of same-sex opponents site DOMA as reasoning for not allowing same-sex marriages in their states.  Revoking the DOMA would go a long way to promoting true equality under the law in United States.

I know for this gaymer and his gaymer partner, the sooner that this ridiculous piece of legislation dies, the better.

 

 

 

 

 

Via: The Escapist

EA Supports Equality for LGBT Community

EA taking a stand against the Defense of Marriage Act?  I suddenly don’t dislike EA quite as much.  Though the article at Joystiq makes it clear this at, at very best, as much a pragmatic move as one driven by any moral impetus, you know — I’ll take it.  At least EA had the gumption to actually say that it creates such an HR nightmare for them as well (just imagine being on the OTHER side of that too–my partner and I were asked to sign an affidavit–totally ignoring the fact that we have joint bank accounts and have both our names on the mortgage to our house.  ) Ahem, anyway.  This at least makes me happy–and I think it shows a dedication (even one motivated by self-interest) to the gay community.  Even a few years ago, a company openly declaring support for the LGBT community was totally unheard of.  Now I can think of at least 5 off the top of my head.
Brilliant, and totally makes me day 🙂

via: http://www.joystiq.com/2012/07/19/ea-joins-coalition-against-defense-of-marriage-act/

and http://www.ea.com/news/ea-stands-against-doma