FORGET Death Stars and the dark side - the biggest threat in the Star Wars universe is, apparently, homosexuality.
US Christian group the Family Research Council has hit out at the developers of video game Star Wars: The Old Republic for allowing game characters to have same-sex relationships.
Bioware has recently published a same-sex romance component update for the multiplayer online game after receiving complaints from gamers.
The decision has caused outrage after BioWare said in 2009 that “gay” and “lesbian” don't exist in the Star Wars universe.
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington said Star Wars gamers have “already gone to the dark side”.
“In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists!” Mr Perkins wrote on the organisations website.
“Since the announcement, homosexuals have been celebrating the news, but parents sure aren't. 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!”
Many gamers posted on the Star Wars: The Old Republic that they welcome the new update.
“Bioware has a long history of having romance-able companions for both heterosexual and homosexual preferences, and there is absolutely no reason for them to not do the same here,” a gamer using the character Auricelia wrote.
Gamer Voiicu said: "If I want to be gay on one toon and straight on another then thats my prerogative. There never should have been a discrimination between the two in the first place."
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Here's the so-called Family Research Council's own page on the matter (some of which is quoted above already),
But really? Imaginary peoples in a Galaxy Far, Far Away (who are inevitably going to hell for being godless space wizards anyway) aren't allowed to be gay?