Rick Perry on Tuesday condemned President Barack Obama's plan to tie some foreign aid to gay rights.

The president issued a memorandum directing all agencies engaged abroad to make certain U.S. aid programs “promote and protect” the rights of gay people.

The memo instructs agencies to increase government and civil society engagement in an effort to promote gay rights, including combating criminalization of LGBT status or conduct abroad, and requires agencies to submit an annual report detailing their progress toward advancing LGBT issues.

“This administration's war on traditional American values must stop,” Perry wrote at his campaign website. “I have proposed a foreign aid budget that starts at zero. From that zero baseline, we will consider aid requests based solely on America's national security interests.”

“But there is a troubling trend here beyond the national security nonsense inherent in this silly idea.”

“This is just the most recent example of an administration at war with people of faith in this country. Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americans of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong.”

“President Obama has again mistaken America's tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake,” he added.

(Related: Rick Santorum pans Obama's gay rights decision.)