Gamesindustry International reports that high-level employees and executives at EA have recently received thousands of anti-gay letters from religious "family values" groups. The letters, by and large, allege that EA was pressured by LGBT groups to include gay relationships in Mass Effect 3 as part of some supposed campaign to expose children to homosexuality. Because religious groups always encourage kids to play M-rated games, right?

"Every one of EA's games includes ESRB content descriptors so it's hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content. This isn't about protecting children, it's about political harassment," EA's Jeff Brown told the site.

"EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games. However, we have met with LBGT groups and sponsored industry forums to discuss content and harassment of players in online forums. In short, we do put options for same-sex relationships in our games; we don't tolerate hate speech on our forums," he said.

We, like other rational people, applaud EA for taking a progressive stance on equality in gaming. Let us know what you think in the comments or on Twitter.

[via Joystiq]