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EA, Microsoft, Zynga join opposition of Defence of Marriage Act

By Matthew Handrahan

EA, Microsoft, Zynga join opposition of Defence of Marriage Act

Fri 20 Jul 2012 7:32am GMT / 3:32am EDT / 12:32am PDT

Publishers sign amicus brief in opposition to proposed law against same-sex marriages

Electronic Arts, Microsoft and Zynga have joined dozens of American companies in opposition to the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA).

In broad terms, DOMA is a proposed federal law that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, so that no state or sub-division of the United States would be required to recognise a same-sex marriage granted by another state. This would extend to federal matters like insurance, social security and joint tax returns.

The companies have signed an amicus brief that asks the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to declare aspects 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," EA said in a statement.

"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."

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Andrew Ihegbu Studying Bsc Commercial Music, University of Westminster

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Marriage is a tax relief manoeuvre. Its a bunch of laws that say, if you sign this paper, we make things a lot easier and clearcut than if you don't sign and are just cohabiting. The problem is, that statute over there is no grey about cohabitation that if they ever wanted to even think bout passing this law they should bring cohabitation laws up to the same level.

They may want to protect the bible definition of Marriage to some extent (I pulling at straws trying to guess why this frankly stupid act would even be proposed) but if thats what they want, make cohabitation just as good as marriage.

This isn't just about the actual act of union, far from it. They want to remove the gay population's right to tax relief.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Andrew Ihegbu on 20th July 2012 3:59pm

Posted:4 years ago

FYI, DOMA is not a proposed Federal law. It was enacted in 1996. The case mentioned which EA et al is supporting is a challenge to DOMA in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Posted:4 years ago


Brian Perry Studying Master Science Game Design, Full Sail University

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Like Todd said, DOMA isn't a proposed law. Its already law. Homosexual activists want to change the already present law. You should correct your article.

Posted:4 years ago


Jack Lee

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I would prefer the term "homosexual rights activists," personally, Brian. I am neither gay nor a member of the gay community, but I staunchly support the challenge to DOMA. Just saying. You don't have to be part of the rumored gay agenda to support equality and the dismantling of state-enforced bigotry.

Posted:4 years ago


Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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Every time I hear "gay agenda" I now think of this excellent Ted talk

Posted:4 years ago


Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant

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Any marriage law is the state interfering in other people's lives.
If I want to marry a set of male twins AND a set of female twins then what business is that of the state?
Or of the religious do-gooders who try and force their views onto everyone else.
Bigots everywhere.

Posted:4 years ago


Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

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If I liked the idea of the state getting directly in the middle of people's life, I would move to Iran or China. If I have a homosexual son the State is in no right to tell him if he can marry or not.

Here in Europe Spain, Germany, Netherlands, France and some others have accepted gay marriage and I don't see the ideal family and church collapsing all around me. But I guess some of the anti-gay marriage would not waste time in blaming gay marriage for the Euro Crisis. We should pretty much call it "Gay Crisis" if that is the case lol

Posted:4 years ago


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