Published: Dec 13, 2011 4:02 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, says GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry has hit a new low with a campaign ad attacking President Barack Obama on gay rights and religion.
    
The ad, intended to appeal to Christian conservatives who typically dominate the Iowa caucuses, features Perry saying there's something wrong in America when gays can serve openly in the military but kids can't pray in schools.
    
Robinson responded Tuesday with an op-ed in The Washington Post in which he says Perry would be pathetic if he weren't so infuriating. Robinson says someone who aspires to be commander in chief shouldn't denigrate the gay and lesbian soldiers he would lead.
    
Robinson is the Episcopal bishop in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary Jan. 10.

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