Electronic Arts, one of the world's biggest video games companies, joins a campaign against the US Defense of Marriage Act.
Electronic Arts, one of the biggest gaming companies in the world, has joined the battle against the American Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
DOMA was signed by former president Bill Clinton in September 1996.
EA, which incorporates EA Games, wrote on its website: ‘We have joined dozens of leading US employers in signing an amicus brief that opposes DOMA.
‘We urge the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to find portions of the act unconstitutional.’
But is it only solidarity? Actually the company is clear that DOMA hurts their business.
The company added: ‘DOMA presents a number of problems for businesses like EA, as it creates regulatory, tax and discrimination complications for employers.
‘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.
‘We encourage other businesses to join these efforts.’
In the US the campaign in favor of same-sex marriage has restarted after the historic interview released to the ABC network by president Barack Obama.
In that interview, Obama said he was in favor of gay marriage and the recognition of rights for same-sex couples. DOMA only permits a marriage ‘between a man and a woman’.
Founded in 1982, EA has its global headquarters in Redwood City, California, and has 9,000 employees worldwide.
EA develops, publishes and distributes interactive software for internet-connected consoles, personal computers and social network.
It is famous for games such as The Sims, Battlefield, Need for Speed and Mass Effect. EA has a net revenue of $4.1billion (€3.4billion) a year.