LEWISTON, Idaho -

The Constitution Party of Idaho has rejected its gubernatorial candidate.

The Lewiston Tribune reports in a story on Wednesday that delegates at the party's recent state convention in Cascade voted against endorsing Steve Pankey for governor.

The 63-year-old Pankey describes himself as celibate, a born-again Christian, and Idaho's first openly gay gubernatorial candidate.

Constitution Party Chairman Floyd Whitley says Pankey's advocacy for same-sex marriage goes against party beliefs.

Pankey in May wrote a letter to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden urging him to accept a federal court ruling that overturned Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage.

The Idaho Secretary of State's Office says Pankey will remain on the November ballot as a Constitution Party candidate because there are no statutory provisions for kicking someone out of a party.