Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council (FRC), has criticized repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” as “tragic.”

“Today is a tragic day for our armed forces,” Perkins said in a release after 65 senators – including 8 Republicans – voted in favor of repealing the 1993 law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

The House overwhelmingly approved the bill on Wednesday. President Barack Obama has praised the bipartisan vote and is expected to sign the bill into law this week.

“The American military exists for only one purpose – to fight and win wars,” Perkins added. “Yet it has now been hijacked and turned into a tool for imposing on the country a radical social agenda. This may advance the cause of reshaping social attitudes regarding human sexuality, but it will only do harm to the military's ability to fulfill its mission.”

Perkins went on to suggest that Democratic leaders are in the pocket of gay activists.

“It is clear why this was done: not to enhance the military's ability to accomplish its mission or to enhance national security. Rather, it is a political payoff to a tiny, but loud and wealthy, part of the Democratic base.”

Opposition to repeal was lead by Arizona Senator John McCain, who was furious with the last-minute “jam” of the legislation.

“We thank Senators John McCain, James Inhofe, Jeff Sessions and Jim DeMint, as well as all those who voted to support our troops over advancing a liberal social agenda. These senators fought hard for our men and women in uniform, and their efforts will not be forgotten.”

Perkins earlier called GOP Senator Olympia Snowe a “turncoat” for backing repeal.