As gamers, it is our patriotic duty to hate EA and all their attempts at running a successful business. While that sentence only slightly exaggerates the internet culture’s attitude towards Electronic Arts, we got word this week that puts the mega-publisher in a better light.
EA has joined a business coalition led by the Human Rights Campaign, better known as the HRC, designed to bring about the end of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The coalition counts Fortune 500 companies and top brand names among their members, such as eBay, Armani Exchange, and Sun Life Financial.
For those who aren’t aware, the Defense of Marriage Act is the law which defines marriage in the United States as between one man and one woman at the federal level. While it is legal for same-sex couples to marry in Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia, DOMA prevents federal benefits for these couples.
It’s not entirely surprising that EA would join a coalition in favor of LGBT rights given their history. The company publicly supported their own LGBT employees with an official It Gets Better video in 2010 as well as their trend of inclusion in their games (however slight and in need of reevaluation). EA also signed a brief supporting the end of DOMA last July and has been named one of the best places to work for LGBT individuals by the HRC.
Some may argue that this is just a pathetic attempt at good press for a company that was voted the Worst Company in America in 2012, beating out the ever reviled Bank of America. And clearly, judging by the top comments on their It Gets Better video, there’s a certain vocal group of consumers that want to bash EA’s name regardless of actions or intent.
But most clearly of all, those people have never had their Constitutional rights put up as a politicking point. I’ll take support when and where I can, thanks.
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