Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are being criticized by social conservatives for supporting openly gay military service.

Texas Rep. Paul voted in favor of repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the law that for 18 years barred gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

Romney recently told the Des Moines Register's editorial board that he's no longer opposed to repeal of the policy because the nation is no longer at war.

“I was not comfortable making the change during a period of conflict, by virtue of the complicating features of a new program in the middle of two wars going on, but those wars are winding down and moving in that direction at this stage no longer presents that problem,” Romney said.

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association called Romney and Paul “non-starters as [GOP presidential] candidates” for their positions on the issue, media watchdog Right Wing Watch reported.

“If evangelical Christians simply vote their values, there is simply no way they can cast a vote for someone who is in favor of legitimizing homosexual behavior in the military,” Fischer said. “In the GOP field, there are just two candidates who support the presence of sexual deviancy in our armed forces: Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.”

In discussing Romney's stance, Sandy Rios of the Family-Pac called Romney “dishonest.”

“Truth and honesty are inconvenient at times, but they are as much a part of conservative values as any position on the economy or national defense,” Rios said in a guest editorial. “Dishonesty and deceit are basic disqualifiers – and bend as we may to excuse the inexcusable, in Romney's case, they are very hard to ignore.”