Pareene is giddy about Fred Karger, who just became the first openly-gay Republican to run for president (and has been plaguing my email in-tray for months):

Karger had to make it extra-official so that it would be more difficult for the party to keep him out of debates. While coastal elites at the RNC have been friendly to Karger, the true Republicans... at the RNC... have also already blocked him from participating in one debate, and they are likely to continue banning him from all future debates, at least until he stops being gay (which will be even more difficult now that the gay-curing "app" has been banned from all the iPhones).

As [Mother Jones' Stephanie] Mencimer explains, the person the RNC has overseeing the debates, lawyer James Bopp, is no fan of Karger:

Bopp represents many anti-gay marriage organizations that have been battling in court to protect their donors and supporters from state disclosure laws. Many of those lawsuits have been inspired by Karger himself, who was instrumental in organizing boycotts of the major donors to California's Prop. 8, which banned gay marriage in the state. Bopp has argued in court that the Prop. 8 donors were harassed and subjected to potential violence because of their outing and is fighting to eliminate many of the laws that made Karger's boycott possible. Bopp has actually subpoenaed Karger in one of those cases in California, and has been defending the group Protect Marriage from a state ethics complaint Karger filed against the group in Maine.

Awkward.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.