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EA Joins Fight Against Defense of Marriage Act

EA Games has been getting a lot of crap lately. Some of it is deserved, some of it is just stupid. Me, I try to remember that big, faceless corporations are also made up of people, and I cling to the belief that people are generally good and doing the best they can.

So with all the mistakes EA has made along the way, we should give them props for doing something right. EA has always been very supportive of LGBT’s, both in their company and in their games. They have been present at a number gay pride parades, and even made a video for Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign.

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With all that in mind, it’s hardly surprising that EA has officially joined a coalition against the “Defense of Marriage Act,” also known as DOMA. What’s DOMA? According to Wiki:

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) … is a United States federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. The law passed both houses of Congress by large majorities and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996. Under the law, no U.S. state or political subdivision is required to recognize a same-sex marriage treated as a marriage in another state. Section 3 of DOMA codifies the non-recognition of same-sex marriage for all federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors’ benefits, and the filing of joint tax returns.

EA has gotten plenty of flak in the past for their stance on gay rights as well as the positive depiction of homosexuality in their games, but it’s always nice to see a company stick to their guns on civil rights issues and look out for their employees.

Now about that Day One DLC…

About the author

Rebecca Veverka

A lifelong Cleveland, Ohio native, Rebecca is the second member of Word of the Nerd that likes to be called Bex. What are the chances? An Anglophile, science and history buff, and avid gamer (both video and tabletop), Bex also spends her free time crafting, illustrating, reading, and getting into amicable arguments with strangers on the internet. She has entirely too much free time. One of her greatest accomplishments is that she's only suffered one minor head injury in her lifetime.

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