Tony Perkins, of the Christian conservative Family Research Council, recently tried to link the repeal of the 'Don’t Ask Don’t Tell' policy to the U.S. military’s skyrocketing suicide rate, reports RightWingWatch.org (audio below).
When the 'Don’t Ask Don’t Tell' policy was repealed by Congress, gays were allowed to openly serve in the U.S. military.
While discussing the Pentagon’s new policy on allowing women to serve in combat, yesterday on his radio program, Perkins said: "The volume of these decisions coming out of this administration is unbelievable, unbelievable. 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.
"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. And what are they doing? Adding additional stress by this social engineering. Unbelievable."
While suicides in the U.S. military have increased during America's longest war ever in Afghanistan, there is no evidence that gays are causing suicides. Perkins cited no evidence to back up his claim.