Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. is considering a run at the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The 51-year-old Huntsman resigned during his second term as governor of Utah to accept President Barack Obama's appointment as Ambassador to China, a post he's leaving on April 30.

As governor, Huntsman backed a failed effort to extend some rights to gay men and lesbians in Utah. In 2009, the gay rights group Equality Utah introduced five bills backed by two openly gay lawmakers. Three bills would have brought greater equality in the areas of hospitalization, medical care, housing, employment and probate rights. And a pair of bills would have created a domestic partner registry for gay couples by repealing a part of Utah's constitutional marriage amendment. Without the support of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) the effort died in committee.

According to the Times, Huntsman will begin campaigning next month in South Carolina and in New Hampshire.

Huntsman, however, remains vague on his intentions. Asked last week by a Salt Lake City television station whether he planned to pursue the Republican presidential nomination, he answered: “I don't know the answer to that yet.”

Two additional Republicans with presidential aspirations support gay rights. Openly gay Fred Karger was the first Republican to announce his candidacy. And former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson announced last month that he will run for president. While various sources, including Fox News, and the New Mexico Independent, reported that Johnson is a “strong” supporter of gay marriage, his campaign has told On Top Magazine that he supports “unions,” not marriage, for gay and lesbian couples.