Electronic Arts is one of the world’s biggest video-game companies, and they’ve recently come under fire from Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council for including gay characters and plotlines in Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect 3.
Activist group AllOut.org decided to thank EA for “fighting the dark side” with a petition that has garnered 60,000 signatures.
Andre Banks, executive director for AllOut.org said, “Electronic Arts customers are speaking out loud and clear: Being for equality is good for business. Groups like the Family Research Council are truly on the ‘dark side’—they put pressure on companies like EA to block fair, balanced portrayals of gay characters in gaming and other media. You don’t have to be a gamer to understand that it makes a real difference for Electronic Arts to present positive portrayals of gays and lesbians to its community of 100 million players.”
The force is strong with EA and AllOut. With any luck and more support from these groups, positive plotlines for LGBT characters will become completely unobjectionable before 3069.