Michele Bachmann's Wednesday withdrawal from the GOP presidential nomination has been lauded by gay rights groups, gay weekly the Washington Blade reported.

Bachmann, the winner of the August Iowa Straw Poll, ended her bid for the White House after placing a distant sixth in the Iowa caucuses.

In remarks to supporters on Tuesday night, Bachmann listed President Barack Obama's support for gay rights as a reason he should become a one-term president.

“Since day one of Barack Obama's presidency, I have led the fight in Washington against his liberal socialist policies,” Bachmann said.

“What we need is a candidate in the likeness and image of a Ronald Reagan.”

“What we need is a fearless conservative. One with no compromises on their record. On spending, on health care, on crony capitalism, on defending America, on standing with our ally Israel, on securing our border from illegal immigrants, on defending innocent unborn life, on protecting marriage as one man and one woman.”

Bachmann, who also opposes openly gay and bisexual military service, ended her bid with her husband Marcus Bachmann by her side.

R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the National Log Cabin Republicans, said Bachmann's focus on “divisive social issues demonstrated her lack of credibility.”

The Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Michael Cole-Schwartz lamented that Bachmann was only one of several GOP contenders with a history of opposing gay rights.

“Michele Bachmann has one of the worst records on LGBT issues of a presidential candidate in a long time,” he said. “Unfortunately though, her exit from the race still leaves a field full of candidates who want constitutional amendments to ban marriage equality, a return to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and continued workplace discrimination against LGBT people.”