EA, Zynga, Microsoft oppose Defence of Marriage Act

EA, Zynga, Microsoft oppose Defence of Marriage Act
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

February 28th 2013 at 9:08AM

275 companies sign amicus brief in support of gay marriage

Some of the biggest players in the game industry have renewed their efforts to have the Defence of Marriage act repealed.

Microsoft, EA, and Zynga joined over 275 companies in a joint amicus brief that requests the federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman be struck down.

This isn't the first time the companies have spoken out on the issue.

Last year the trio were part of another filing that argued DoMA made taking care of their LGBT employees a legal balancing act.

"This brief is similar in nature of course, but supports a different Supreme Court case, this one being United States vs. Windsor," EA spokesperson Sandy Goldberg told GameSpot.

"Both have the same implication - that DOMA presents an issue for employers by forcing them to put married employees in two categories which creates regulatory, tax, benefits and morale problems for employers."

Though no other game companies signed the brief, several other major US corporations were listed including Facebook, Amazon, Starbucks, Twitter, The Walt Disney Company, and CBS.

One of the key issues here is the clash between Federal and State law.

All signers of the amicus brief are based in US states that recognize gay marriage, but are forced to handle eligibility for federal marriage benefits according to the DoMA.

"This dual regime uniquely burdens amici," reads the brief.

"It puts us, as employers, to unnecessary cost and administrative complexity, and regardless of our business or professional judgment forces us to treat one class of our lawfully married employees differently than another, when our success depends upon the welfare and morale of all employees."