BioWare went on record stating that same gender companion romance will be added to Star Wars: The Old Republic some time in the future (probably after the implementation of more content that caters to a wider audience).
This happened four months ago, but some activists seem to always take some time to digest the news and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council definitely seems to be one of those that enjoy being late to the party.
In a rather hilarious broadcast Perkins decided to let us know how he feels:
In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists! Hello, I’m Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. 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 “lesbian” 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!
Considering that BioWare has a rather consolidated tradition of including same gender romance in its games, I would say that, despite what Perkins says, not many actual gamers are surprised by the decision.
Also, if Perkins really thinks that there are no homosexual characters in the Star Wars universe, Goran Beviin would probably want to have a word with him.
More importantly, I’m sure many of those interested in same gender romance in Star Wars: The Old Republic would love to know how Perkins got his hands on a version of the game that already includes the feature, because there’s still no trace of it on the live servers (and probably there won’t be any for a while, considering that no further details were shared after the initial announcement). Clueless activist is clueless.