Republican hopeful had supported North Carolina's anti-gay Amendment One
Former US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination for president on Wednesday (2 May) calling his candidacy 'a truly wld ride.'
'Today I’m suspending the campaign but suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship,' Gingrich said at a Washington DC-area hotel.
He vowed to remain active and work to get Republican candidates elected this fall.
Gingrich's departure comes the week before the North Carolina presidential primary when voters will also Amendment One, a ballot initiative that seeks to add a ban same-sex marriages and civil unions to the North Carolina constitution.
The three-times married Gingrich released a video in support of the legislation last week saying that 'marriage between a man and a woman is at the heart of our civilization. It's a belief that is now under attack, yet it's at the very core of defining who we are.'
Of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney he said on Wednesday: 'I’m asked sometimes, is Mitt Romney conservative enough, and my answer is simple: Compared to Barack Obama? You know, this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history.'