Ed Mullen, the executive director of Equality Ohio, has stepped down after being arrested in Columbus last weekend as the city held its annual Gay Pride festival.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Mullen faces misdemeanor charges of menacing and disorderly conduct.

Mullen declined to comment on the charges, but a complaint filed in Franklin County Municipal Court states that Mullen went onto the property of an unidentified resident and threatened him last Saturday. He took pictures of the man's house, saying, “Smile now, we'll be back for you.”

Paul Feeney, a board chairman of Equality Ohio, told the paper that Mullen made the decision to resign.

“Ed's leaving for personal reasons, and we regretfully accepted his resignation. We didn't ask for his resignation. We wish him all the best,” he said.

The 44-year-old Mullen, a civil-rights lawyer, joined the organization last year.

In an e-mail to supporters, Feeney said Mullen's resignation takes effect on June 29.

“Ed brought tremendous vitality and keen legal insights to our organization, stabilized our operations and financial support, and led the development of a nationally recognized strategic plan,” he said.