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Tony Perkins Blames Gays In The U.S. Military For Surge In Suicides

01/31/2013 11:47 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins slammed the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community yet again, linking the controversial repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy to a reported surge in U.S. military suicides.

"The stress in our military, when you look how they have used the military for their social experimentation: driving Christianity out, putting homosexuality in, suicide rate going through the ceiling," Perkins declared in a radio spot, as Right Wing Watch first reported. "I think it was last year, if I recall, the numbers there were 349 suicides in 2012 and I believe that’s more than were killed in combat, that’s the highest number since the Pentagon began tracking suicides back in 2001."

You can listen to audio of Perkins' statements here.

Perkins offered no additional evidence to back up his claims, which are in line with the American Family Association's Buster Wilson, who last year linked the rise in suicides to the government "turning" the U.S. military into "a sexual, social experiment" by repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," as also reported by Right Wing Watch.

Similarly, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer -- whose anti-gay declarations have become a near-weekly staple of his "Focal Point" radio show -- drew a bizarre connection between the U.S. Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women in combat and the "sinister, malicious" bullying from the LGBT community.

The 2011 repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Fischer claimed, will see a drop in the number of qualified soliders who are willing to enlist in the military, and as a result, "that means your daughters are going to be pulled into the draft and they could be sent into combat to die."

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