Corporations are not people no matter what Mitt Romney says. They are at least run by people. Electronic Arts hasn’t always been recognized as a deeply human corporation. In fact, in between John Riccitiello’s reign as president and his return as CEO, EA was singled out as a regular abuser of its hardworking employees. These days it’s hard to even say that it cares deeply about its consumers. It’s $60 for a game like Mass Effect 3, $15 more for crucial story elements that you an purchase on day one, and then you’re supposed to thank them for releasing free multiplayer DLC that is itself an invitation to buy weapon and item packs.
Still, Electronic Arts did an eminently decent thing on Thursday when it joined an alliance for businesses that oppose the Defense of Marriage Act.
The DOMA, for those that may not be familiar, was passed by Congress in 1996 and signed into law by Bill Clinton later that year. It defines marriage as the legal union between a woman and a man. The law is not what you’d call gay-friendly. These days DOMA is a hot topic once again as the Obama administration has said that Section 3, the part of the law that says the federal government doesn’t recognizes same-sex marriages, is unconstitutional. The current Congress has in turn staunchly defended DOMA.
Electronic Arts has signed an amicus brief opposing the Defense of Marriage Act and asking that the Act be found unconstitutional and be repealed.
“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,” reads a statement on EA’s website, “The underlying lawsuit impacts all employers no matter how big or small, and no matter the industry, and we encourage other businesses to join these efforts.”
This comes just one month after EA backed LGBT month marching in Pride Parades in Seattle and San Francisco.
This is a far cry from the company whose policies forced one wife of a developer to publicly chronicle her husband’s abuse at the hands of the corporation. Kudos to EA and the other companies that have come out against the discriminatory law. Marriage is an act between two human beings who love one another and have committed to spending the rest of their lives with each other.