Richard Grenell on Tuesday abruptly quit his post as foreign policy spokesman for the Mitt Romney campaign.

In a statement released to The Washington Post, Grenell blamed the uproar over his sexual orientation for the separation.

“I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman. While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama's foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign. I want to thank Governor Romney for his belief in me and my abilities and his clear message to me that being openly gay was a non-issue for him and his team,” Grenell said.

The Romney campaign responded in a statement: “We are disappointed that Ric decided to resign from the campaign for his own personal reasons. We wanted him to stay because he had superior qualifications for the position he was hired to fill.”

Leading the charge against Grenell was Bryan Fischer of the Christian conservative American Family Association, who argued that the hire signaled support for gay rights.

“This is a huge win for us in regard to Mitt Romney,” Fischer cheered on his radio show, Focal Point. “Because Mitt Romney has been forced to say, 'Look I overstepped my bounds here. I went outside the parameters here. I went off the reservation with this hire.' … I will flatly out guarantee you he is not going to make this mistake again. There is no way in the world that Mitt Romney is going to put a homosexual activist in any position of importance in his campaign.”