Out U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James “Wally” Brewster on Wednesday announced his resignation.

Brewster will resign on January 20, the day of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

“At midday on Jan 20, 2017, I will submit my resignation as U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic and Bob and I will leave in search of new adventures,” Brewster said in a series of tweets. “Our spirits will remain with you forever.”

President Barack Obama nominated Brewster to the post in 2013.

Even before he arrived in Santo Domingo, conservative leaders on the island protested the nomination of an openly gay ambassador.

Roman Catholic leaders organized a “Black Monday” demonstration to express their opposition to Brewster. Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, the former cardinal of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo, repeatedly used anti-gay slurs such as “wife” and “faggot” to describe Brewster.

Stepping down as a new president takes office is commonplace for sitting ambassadors.