Family Research Council Condemns Star Wars: The Old Republic Over the Option to Play as a Gay Character
I don’t play MMORPGs. I have tried them in the past but found that they just weren’t for me, so I never expected to write anything at all about Star Wars: The Old Republic. Then today I read that Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has come out against Star Wars: The Old Republic because it allows same-sex relationships in the game. No graphic sex acts are depicted and the game does not force anyone to play as a homosexual character, but even if it did, no one is holding a gun to your head and making you play the game. It seems the Family Research Council is okay with murdering people and aliens with light sabers and laser guns but draw the line at consensual romantic relationships between adults. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said in his broadcast that “Bioware had made it clear in 2009 that ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ don’t exist in the Star Wars universe.” Well anyone who played 2003′s KOTOR could tell you that homosexuality has been part of the Star Wars universe for a while now. In that game, a single-player RPG, players going through the game as a female character could engage in a same-sex romance with a non-player character called Juhani (pictured above).
Family Research Council, I admittedly will never be able to empathize with people like you who hate and seek to oppress others based on race, religion and sexual orientation, but I do know this: bigotry isn’t, never has been, and never will be a family value.
[news source: GamePolitics.com]