Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative group Family Research Council (FRC), has accused cabler ABC Family of “indoctrinating” kids into being gay, media watchdog reported.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) fifth annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI) gave ABC Family an “excellent” rating for its gay-inclusive programming.

GLAAD's report found the network had positively depicted the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters in 55 percent of its original programming. Many of ABC Family's shows such as Pretty Little Liars and The Secret Life of the American Teenager are aimed at a younger audience. ABC Family scored 37 percent last year.

In a radio commentary, Perkins accused ABC Family of pushing a “homosexual agenda” on kids.

“Where's the 'family' in ABC Family? Parents are wondering after the latest report from GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Every year, GLAAD rates channels on how well they push the homosexual agenda through characters and storylines. This time, ABC Family got top honors – making them only the second network ever to get an 'excellent' rating. Michael Riley, ABC's chief executive, said he was 'proud' to be honored. Celebrating homosexuality, he said, is 'very important to us.' That's a serious problem, considering that ABC Family is the highest-rated network for 12 to 34-year-olds. Most parents trust the channel, because it's owned by Disney. But it's a different story now that the network's going out of its way to indoctrinate kids. That won't change until you get involved. Contact ABC. Tell them what they gain by being gay-friendly doesn't compare with what they'll lose. And that's viewers.” (The audio is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The Media Research Center's Culture and Media Institute (CMI) also blasted GLAAD's survey, suggesting the group had strongarmed the networks into broadcasting gay-inclusive programming.

“Note to TV networks: Don't even think about downsizing the disproportionate airtime you give gay characters and issues. The bean-counters at GLAAD are watching,” the group wrote. “So if it seems that you can't flip through the channels today without running across gay characters or story lines, you're right. You can't. And GLAAD's there to make sure of it.”