Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson on Thursday announced he's running for president as a Republican.

According to USA Today, Johnson made his announcement on the steps of the State House in Concord, New Hampshire. A staffer tweeted: “First time to say it. 'I am running for president.'”

Johnson, a libertarian Republican who believes in limited government, is the first gay-friendly candidate to seek the GOP nomination.

The 58-year-old Johnson has been traveling the country as the spokesperson for Our America Initiative, a non-profit group devoted to the principles of limited government. His stops in Iowa and New Hampshire had prompted questions about a 2012 presidential bid.

Johnson believes government should not intervene in the private lives of individual citizens unnecessarily.

“Government shouldn't be involved in our lives,” Johnson says in an Our America Initiative video. “It should protect us from individuals that might do us harm. But government should really be out of our lives for the most part. Let us enjoy the freedoms and liberties that we have. Let us be the individuals that we might want to be.”

But while various sources, including Fox News, and the New Mexico Independent, have reported that Johnson supports the legalization of gay marriage, a staffer told On Top Magazine that Johnson supports “gay unions,” not gay marriage.

Considering a run at the White House as a Republican is Jon Huntsman Jr. The former Utah governor who's spent the past two years serving as a diplomat for the Obama administration also supports gay rights. Openly gay Fred Karger was the first GOP candidate to officially enter the race.