Three companies with major involvement in video games — EA, Zynga and Microsoft — have joined some 40 other companies, including the Gap, Google and Starbucks, along with several US cities in filing briefs to support a legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.
The Act, signed into US federal law in 1996, defines marriage as between a man and woman, restricting tax and health benefits from gay couples. The companies say the law is discriminatory, hurts morale and is onerous to comply with.
The brief was filed earlier this month in a case in California’s 9th Circuit that may well go on to be heard by the US Supreme Court in a test to the law’s Constitutionality. Read the full brief here [PDF]