EA, Zynga, Microsoft Support Challenge to Defense of Marriage Act

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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 cities, including New York, Boston and Los Angeles, in filing a brief to support a legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. The Act, signed into 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.

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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 U.S. Supreme Court in a test to the law's Constitutionality. Read the full brief here [PDF link (via EA)].

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I remember a very logical line of thought from Gates concerning Microsoft's stand on the issue. By his thinking if gays or other minorities feel encouraged to live elsewhere because of our laws, those are potential great employees that aren't going to work for him. Honestly it makes a lot of sense.