EA joins group opposing Defense of Marriage Act

Battlefield publisher joins Human Rights Campaign's new Fortune 500 Business Coalition for DOMA Repeal.

Electronic Arts is stepping up its efforts to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act. The Human Rights Campaign has announced a new Business Coalition for DOMA Repeal, a group made up of 13 Fortune 500 companies, including Electronic Arts.

Other companies include eBay, Armani Exchange, and Marriott International Inc., among others. No other game companies are part of the group.

All companies in the Business Coalition for DOMA Repeal support the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals DOMA and recognizes all legal marriages for federal purposes.

The Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted by the federal government in 1996, legally defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The Obama administration since found the act's third section (which contains the definition) unconstitutional, and has refused to act upon it.

Last summer, EA, Microsoft, and Zynga (among other non-gaming companies) stated their opposition for DOMA by signing a joint amicus brief.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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1097 comments
FernoFrY
FernoFrY

An always-on Sim City game is definitely their biggest mistake but I understand some other choices they've had to make. How can so many people hate a company that does deliver some truly exceptional games?

The only thing I'd like to see from them is pushing more boundaries and taking more risks. If they did I'm sure EA will have their Portal or Bioshock

StealthHimself
StealthHimself

When I play the Sims I create a female and wed another female.

Elrax
Elrax

I posted a comment and it seems to have disappeared.. Never post a comment and then refresh the page =/

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

american relationships are a joke anyways.   Who cares what uncle sam (a bigger joke) has to say about it?

macca366
macca366

Not that I'll ever accept their online passes and micro transactions and so forth, but this is nice. Its also entertaining to see articles like this expose bigots and homophobes in the comments section, and inspiring to see other users confront them

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

I'm against this 100%. Why? Because I don't want games to be used for a political war!
 
My favorite sci-fi strategy game, X-COM, was given to a developer who only care for same-sex rights; they didn't care for X-COM or even games.  So anyways, they took X-COM, lied about being huge X-COM fans, and changed *everything* to serve their needs, but not that of the fans. They moved it to the USA only and set the timeline to 60 years ago so they can use the civil-rights as a allegory for same-sex rights and marriage.
 
And the X-COM fans gets nothing out of it! No strategy, no cool sci-fi, No base building, no research, no agents, no nothing! It was going to play like the new Syndicate, but much worse. But fortunately, the developer's game moved to 2014, and Firaxis saved the day with a real X-COM game.
 
My point is, keep same-sex stuff and political wars *OUT* of video games, or you will be force to play games that will try to control what you think; and all your heroes from Halo, COD, Gears of War, Half-Life will be "coming out of the closet" to fight for same-sex marriage.
 
They already made some comic book heroes non-straight (like Alan Scott of Green Lantern), don't let them make games into South Park.

Victorious_Fize
Victorious_Fize

Try harder, EA.

Maybe something game-related, next time.

Valleyzboyo
Valleyzboyo

I'm surprised the youth of today feel so strongly against same-sex marriage. Aren't we supposed to be the accepting, kind, free-thinking ones?! Or are the people spouting prejudice rhetoric just old gamers online to groom us younglings? See kids, that's what you should be afraid of! The world won't end because "the gays" take over, it'll be because we're all put off sex by the trauma we will undoubtedly befall thanks to the internets predators....and the nazis.

Pulfasonic
Pulfasonic

Kind of obvious EA would feel this way after the sims and recent bioware games. All support is welcome. Can't wait until this whole thing is over, its a joke that its taking so long.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

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ryogapower
ryogapower

EA, for once, i salute you. i'll never complain about having to buy an online pass again. DOWN WITH BIGOTRY AND IGNORANCE.

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

This is a travesty, may we all bow our heads to the good American soil.

jaed117
jaed117

Marrige is sacred ea I will not buy any of your games again.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

If homos want to be together legally, then so be it. I won't try and shove my personal/religious beliefs down your throats. You live your life, I'll live mine. But keep in mind, any guy that tries to get smooth with me is asking for sock in the jaw.

Armoured_Mage
Armoured_Mage

I'm very cynical of this, its too easy for a company just to sign up for this for easy good will from customers.

However because of this, if they fix their games and stop money grubbing I may consider buying their games.

tgwolf
tgwolf

EA, I can now WHOLE-HEARTEDLY write you off!! Go down to Satan and beg for your beatings from now on, you don't deserve anything better, and stop taking up space among the land of the living and people that aren't COMPLETELY DESPICABLE!

HyperWarlock
HyperWarlock

anyhin ea does is 4 money i hope them and all their workers die in a fire

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Battle_Pants

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Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Ok. So I can't post a comment twice. Yet the first comment doesn't show up at all? Wtf GameSpot/Livefyre!?

alenth
alenth

Hey EA is nice to see that you involve more in politics but get rid of those season passes and microbullshit in your games please -_-

Ramza_134
Ramza_134

hows same-sex marriage benfited society? and last time i check was between a man a woman to make a strong healthy family

Ramza_134
Ramza_134

@Valleyzboyo its the gays who forcing everyone to accpet their views also marriage is an oath between a man a woman it has nothing to do with lust or love

fcarstens
fcarstens

@Valleyzboyo  You missing the point. We do nott want the video game industry to get involved with these topics. We do not want developers using games to get their feelings across especially sensitive topics like religion, race, etc. We play games for fun and too escape these type of things.


collingtonuk
collingtonuk

@jaed117 Marriage was around before your religion. You don't own marriage or have any right to dictate when and where the term is used.

funkymonkey4710
funkymonkey4710

@Armoured_Mage I would like to point out that EA does have a "100" rating on HRC's equality index which means that they do have LGBT friendly work policies and work environment. I think it is a little bit more then just a move to get good will.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@tgwolf You should go off to an island, with all the people like you, and live your good religious life there. Heck, you could even go back to the old ways! Stone people you don't like, prohibit interracial marriage, allows sex slaves. I mean you have a great religion. In the meantime, we'll live our normal, peaceful lives.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@alenth Nice that they're into politics?

For one, I doubt this is making a political statement so much as it is a PR exercise.

For two, why the hell should the gaming industry have anything to do with politics?

lorenzoa88
lorenzoa88

@alenth Seriously, I agree with this political statement, but that doesn't excuse their damn online passes.  And please sell Bioware back to MS before you ruin them even further!

Ramza_134
Ramza_134

ya so? same sex people weren't getting marry back then either

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@collingtonuk @jaed117  Lots of things were around before religion.  Atheist, Australian PM Julia Gillard blocked gay marriage in her country feeling that traditional marriage should have a special status.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@collingtonuk  And yet atheist, Australian PM Julia Gillard blocked gay marriage in her country deciding that marriage between heteros has a special status.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@Total_mischief  I think you should post the verses to which you are referring too, book and chapter.  You're getting a lot of likes without source, but people just accept what you have to say as truth regardless.  That's worrisome.

anvilone
anvilone moderator

@Dragon_Nexus @alenth Every other art form has participated in politics. Music, movies, books, painting, sculpture, dance, theater. If games are ever going to be seen as anything other than a toy for children, politics are no doubt part of their future.

AndehPandy
AndehPandy

@lorenzoa88 @alenth 

So PC Games can have CD Keys but console games can't have online passes? such a double standard. Shame on game companies protecting their products. SHAME ON THEM

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@funkymonkey4710  I don't doubt that the Bible has been edited before for personal gain.  What I do doubt is that such edited Bibles are in mass circulation, but people should still be mindful about what they read.  

If you can and if you don't mind, can you post a passage or something that has been edited to the point where it's unrecognizable from the original text and sends a completely different message than intended?  A link would also be accepted, but it will be scrutinized.

The Jewish Scriptures and Talmud consists of many complex books, it would take more than a simple World History college course to point out these several thousand edits of which you speak of.  And can you really tell me the Dead Sea Scrolls have been edited several thousands of times?  They were only recently found in the 40's and 50's.

funkymonkey4710
funkymonkey4710

@Shadowdanc3r @Total_mischief While I don't want to get in a religious argument, all it takes is a simple World History college course to know that the Bible that is read today is NOWHERE near the version that it began from. It has been edited several thousands of times for both political and economic gain of the Church. I am not bashing your religion (you have every right to believe in what you want to believe), but history shows that the Bible has been edited from what it once was.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@Total_mischief  Can you post a link to the origins?  How many of the people that liked your comment know the origins of which you speak?  Are they accepting what you say as fact without so much as a link because you sound like you know what you're talking about?  Again, that worries me.  Total_mischief, would you say you're a theist, atheist, agnostic, or other I may have missed?  I just want to know where you're coming from.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@The_Hitokiri @Total_mischief I have, and I know it's origins, unlike most actual christians. I know what it used to be and how it kept being edited with the advancement of society, until it became just the shadow of what it used to be, and yet the christians kept believing in it. It went from being an apple to being an apple shaped jacuzzi. It's bullshit, everyone that can look at it objectively knows that. In generations, it'll be even thinner, until, finally and thankfully, that big steaming pile of dung that passes as a holy book is no longer and our society becomes free of ignorance.