EA Joins Gay Marriage Coalition

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EA Joins Gay Marriage Coalition

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EA has signed an amicus brief asking to appeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

Love or hate EA, you have to admit that when it comes to LGBT rights and same-sex marriages, they've taken a strong public position. Whether in the form of an "It Gets Better" video starring EA employees, openly celebrating Pride month, or responding to an anti-homosexual email campaign, the company has refused to back down from a position of equal civil rights for all. Now the games publisher is hoping to put the issue before the Ninth Circut Court of Appeals via an amicus brief asking that the Defense of Marriage Act be overturned as unconstitutional.

Under the Defense of Marriage Act, no state or political subdivision is required to recognize a same-sex marriage or union if it occurred in another state. DOMA was passed by a majority of both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. Many legislators, including Clinton himself, have since changed their position and advocated for DOMA's repeal.

The brief itself has been signed by several prominent US employers in a variety of fields, and also includes Google, eBay, Starbucks, CBS, Viacom, and Zynga among a huge list of companies, firms, trade organizations, and even cities. The case is drawing so much attention that this page was added to the Ninth Circut Court of Appeals website to keep the public appraised of current updates.

This isn't the first time an organization has called to have DOMA repealed, but it does appear to be the first time that the repeal request was made by so many prominent backers. Whether the effort succeeds or not, it's becoming increasingly clear that in a world where even Archie Comics and Oreo Cookies are standing up for gay rights, DOMA and laws like it might not survive for much longer.

Source: EA via Joystiq

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The PR department for EA is spectacular. Practically the only reason they stay in business with the development, research, and testing teams being paid to fling poo.

Bravo, bravo.

EA is only being self-serving, they just want to retain the right to fuck all of us.

Good on you EA.
Self-serving or not at least EA acknowledges this is the 21st century.

While I am glad that EA seems to be not totally heartless, lets face it, it wouldn't be below them to be this outspoken just for PR.

Why is it that such things only get traction when corporations actively state their opinion?

Oh yeah, forgot, corporations are people now.

EA: We're all about assholes.

I want to say that I am happy that more people are joining these groups but with how poor EA has been with games these past few years and game franchises, I am unsure if this is them really trying to be sincere or if they are just trying to look better in the public's eye.

Nantucket:
Good on you EA.
Self-serving or not at least EA acknowledges this is the 21st century.

This.

I don't care if they're self serving or not, they are a big voice and more voices behind this ideal the better.

Zachery Gaskins:
Why is it that such things only get traction when corporations actively state their opinion?

Oh yeah, forgot, corporations are people now.

Because in order for any movement to gain traction it needs organization. Few things are as organized as large corporations. Theoretically you could achieve the same results by organizing a coalition of you and hundreds of your closest friends, but that's obviously a lot harder.

Whereas a big company can throw support behind an issue instantly with no need to start up because they already have a bunch of people behind them.

Also: No EA. I'm not buying it. One of my friends asked why I didn't like EA for doing this while I did like Oreo, and the answer is that if you're not doing good at what your business is supposed to be doing, you get no credit for being a Good Person elsewhere.

NameIsRobertPaulson:
The PR department for EA is spectacular. Practically the only reason they stay in business with the development, research, and testing teams being paid to fling poo.

Bravo, bravo.

You went into my brain and stole my thoughts.

I don't see much benefit in saying "EA supports our cause".

Well they are big so that counts for something i suppose

DVS BSTrD:
EA: We're all about assholes.

*rimshot*

Ladies and Gents: DVS BSTrD! He'll be here all week!

Jiggy:
EA is only being self-serving, they just want to retain the right to fuck all of us.

This is only about marriage. They already had the right to fuck us all. >.>

DVS BSTrD:
EA: We're all about assholes.

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You sir. You. You're awesome. Put thine fist upon the young gentleman's and make this awesome moment complete.

Zachary Amaranth:

Jiggy:
EA is only being self-serving, they just want to retain the right to fuck all of us.

This is only about marriage. They already had the right to fuck us all. >.>

Well, come on, even EA know that eventually they have to put a ring on it.

Jiggy:
EA is only being self-serving, they just want to retain the right to fuck all of us.

Yeah, who can let some good news rain on their EA hate parade? I feel like this about sums it up.

Frostbite3789:

Jiggy:
EA is only being self-serving, they just want to retain the right to fuck all of us.

Yeah, who can let some good news rain on their EA hate parade? I feel like this about sums it up.

I don't know, tell me when you find the person who actually hates EA and wasn't just using the oppurtunity to make a joke.

Jiggy:

Well, come on, even EA know that eventually they have to put a ring on it.

Touché. I stand corrected.

... So now I should like EA? Fuck it, if EA wants people to like them then they're going about this all wrong. Yes it's all nice and sweet that they support gays and whatnot but at the end of the day, they're still a shitty company. It's not like them supporting homosexuals will suddenly make them better or less horrific. If anything, it just annoys people who, you know, actually buy games. I don't care if they're in favor of gay marriage, I care if they can make a good game without fucking me over.

Cause that should be their fucking job.

EA just can't win no matter what they do

Seriously I am willing to bet EA could cure cancer and give it away for free and people would still lay the hate on just as thick as ever.

Yes, EA does some dumb stuff and a lot of people hate them, but give the devil his due.

I wanted to quote this

jawakiller:
... So now I should like EA? Fuck it, if EA wants people to like them then they're going about this all wrong. Yes it's all nice and sweet that they support gays and whatnot but at the end of the day, they're still a shitty company. It's not like them supporting homosexuals will suddenly make them better or less horrific. If anything, it just annoys people who, you know, actually buy games. I don't care if they're in favor of gay marriage, I care if they can make a good game without fucking me over.

Cause that should be their fucking job.

This is a perfectly valid reason for hating EA. If you feel screwed over by a publisher because they published a bad game, then that makes sense.

I just don't get it when people talk about how they love the games that EA publishes and yet they hate EA just because.

Ralen-Sharr:
EA just can't win no matter what they do

Seriously I am willing to bet EA could cure cancer and give it away for free and people would still lay the hate on just as thick as ever.

Yes, EA does some dumb stuff and a lot of people hate them, but give the devil his due.

Well...yeah?

A person isn't excused from one bad action because they take one good action. Life isn't math. One bad minus one good does not equal a wash. It just means someone has the capability of doin both.

This is a good example of why disgruntlement with a company should be voiced.

Of course this is self serving and a play at improving their image, but everything int he world is self serving. They realize that people are pissed off at them and are trying to do better to improve their image to improve sales. Everyone wins out in this situation.

Bravo to those voicing their displeasure with EA, and bravo to EA for listening.

shintakie10:

Ralen-Sharr:
EA just can't win no matter what they do

Seriously I am willing to bet EA could cure cancer and give it away for free and people would still lay the hate on just as thick as ever.

Yes, EA does some dumb stuff and a lot of people hate them, but give the devil his due.

Well...yeah?

A person isn't excused from one bad action because they take one good action. Life isn't math. One bad minus one good does not equal a wash. It just means someone has the capability of doin both.

my point is that EA could do an entire face-heel turn and genuinely try to not be shitty and they'd still get hated, just because they are EA.

This year....by EA

Gay Marriage Coalition:The game.

Could be a reality.

Ralen-Sharr:

shintakie10:

Ralen-Sharr:
EA just can't win no matter what they do

Seriously I am willing to bet EA could cure cancer and give it away for free and people would still lay the hate on just as thick as ever.

Yes, EA does some dumb stuff and a lot of people hate them, but give the devil his due.

Well...yeah?

A person isn't excused from one bad action because they take one good action. Life isn't math. One bad minus one good does not equal a wash. It just means someone has the capability of doin both.

my point is that EA could do an entire face-heel turn and genuinely try to not be shitty and they'd still get hated, just because they are EA.

There is literally no way to know that for a fact because EA hasn't done a complete face-heel turn. They've done some good and a ton of bad. Until the bad parts stop bein bad people will continue to hate them.

I just never understand this kind of argument. "Oh if such and such completely went contrary to how they've acted for the past x number of years goin completely in the face of logic they'd still be hated because of y things they've done in the past." No one ever does that. In the history of the world no one has ever done that.

Yes EA are assholes, but it's nice to see big companies support such things, even *if* it's just for publicity.

Gearhead mk2:
While I am glad that EA seems to be not totally heartless, lets face it, it wouldn't be below them to be this outspoken just for PR.

And thus my point of view is laid out in its entirety before I can even type one letter.

Again.

Gearhead mk2:
While I am glad that EA seems to be not totally heartless, lets face it, it wouldn't be below them to be this outspoken just for PR.

Repealing DOMA is actually financially in their best interests. Any state where gay marriage is legal means that EA would be required to keep two sets of benefits books. One set for the federal benefits, and one set for the state benefits. It's a real big pain in the ass, and THAT'S why business is fighting DOMA.

DVS BSTrD:
EA: We're all about assholes.

XD!!!!

bravo sir, bravo,

i've now totally forgotten what i was going to post thanks to this X3

So, I guess this announcement will improve Battlefields community while further blackening CoDs? Well played EA; well played.

At least EA is doing something right.

Jiggy:
EA is only being self-serving, they just want to retain the right to fuck all of us.

You actually made me laugh. That's pretty witty.

Stop hiding behind gays EA.

I know you're only doing this to take attention away from how bad you are.

PR stunt or not, at least they're TRYING to do some good.

Good to know. EA being slightly decent.

Hope that DOMA gets bent over a fucking table.

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