Newt Gingrich on Tuesday won the endorsement of Don Wildmon, the former head of the anti-gay group American Family Association (AFA).

The 73-year-old Wildmon stepped down as chairman of the AFA last March after a prolonged hospitalization. His currently serves as chairman emeritus of the AFA.

The AFA has lobbied against gay marriage and hate-crime laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity. It has also organized several boycotts against large corporations which have reached out to the gay community, including Ford Motor Company, Hallmark, Pepsi, McDonald's and Campbells.

“Newt Gingrich recognizes the threat to our country posed by judges and lawyers imposing values upon the country inconsistent with our religious heritage, and has proposed constitutional steps to bring the courts back in balance under the Constitution,” Wildmon said in a statement.

In thanking Wildmon for his endorsement, Gingrich described him as “one of the most important leaders in the country in the battle to uphold our founding principles,” The Hill reported.

“I am humbled and honored to have his endorsement,” he added.

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