A Star Wars franchise computer game, due for release in Australia in March, has caused controversy with conservative Christian family groups in the US after it was revealed characters could have same sex relationships.

Star Wars: The Old Republic was released in the US in December last year, with game developer BioWare announcing a game update to accommodate same-sex relationships between player characters shortly after.

The Family Research Council, listed as a hate group by the US Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010, has expressed anger over the decision, arguing kids will be exposed to a “warped way of thinking”.

The biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists,” said FRC president Tony Perkins during the group’s regular radio broadcast.

“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.

“Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side.”

BioWare had previously stated that “gay” and “lesbian” did not exist in the Star Wars universe, but reversed their views after complaints.

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