Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), says giving gay troops time to marry discriminates against straight troops.

The policy, which went into effect September 3, allows gay service members in the U.S as many as seven days of extra leave to get hitched if they are stationed more than 100 miles from one of the 13 states plus the District of Columbia which have legalized gay nuptials. Overseas personnel will get as many as 10 days to return to the U.S. to exchange vows.

Never mind that all heterosexual troops, unlike gay troops, can marry on military bases throughout the world and in all 50 U.S. states, Perkins says the policy is biased.

“Thanks to the Pentagon, taxpayers are giving gay service members quite a wedding gift,” Perkins told his radio listeners. “According to the Defense Department, homosexual troops are getting some extra incentives to get hitched – including 10 days of bonus leave. The AP says gay and lesbian military members will get as many as two weeks of extra vacation time to travel to states that allow same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, the Defense Department says it 'remains committed to ensuring that all men and women who serve in the U.S. military … are treated fairly.' If that were true, heterosexual couples would be getting the same benefits. See, this special, taxpayer-funded leave isn't just expensive – it's discriminatory. According to the Pentagon, heterosexual couples aren't eligible. How's that for equality? The administration says this perk 'level[s] the playing field between opposite-sex and same-sex couples.' But when it comes to extra vacation days, the only thing the military is taking leave of is their senses!”