Tony Perkins, the president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), has criticized the game Star Wars: The Old Republic for allowing players to enter gay relationships.

Gamemaker Bioware announced that players could have “same gender romances with companion characters” as part of “a post-launch feature.”

Perkins criticized the move in a 53-second radio segment titled Rebel Fleet Surrenders to Gay Empire.

“In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists!” Perkins says in the bulletin.

“In a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side. The new video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has added a special feature: gay relationships. Bioware, the company that developed the game, said it's launching a same-sex romance component to satisfy some complaints. That surprised a lot of gamers, since Bioware had made it clear in 2009 that gay and lesbians don't exist in the Star Wars universe. Since the announcement, homosexuals have been celebrating the news, but parents sure aren't. On the game's website, there are more than 300 pages of comments – a lot of them expressing anger that their kids will be exposed to this Star Warped way of thinking. You can join them by logging on and speaking up. It's time to show companies who the Force is really with!” (The audio is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)