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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Exodus International, Anti-Gay Group, No Longer in the Business of Trying to "Cure" Gays

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 3:15 PM

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Remember that anti-gay group that ticked off gays two years ago when it tried to "cure gays" with its short-lived iPhone app? Well, you won't be hearing from them again.

Exodus International, a religious group created by "ex-gays" to help people overcome same-sex attractions, announced that it is closing up shop and its president, Alan Chambers, issued a public apology for any pain they've caused.

An excerpt from his Mea culpa:

I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents. I am sorry that there were times I didn't stand up to people publicly "on my side" who called you names like sodomite--or worse. I am sorry that I, knowing some of you so well, failed to share publicly that the gay and lesbian people I know were every bit as capable of being amazing parents as the straight people that I know. I am sorry that when I celebrated a person coming to Christ and surrendering their sexuality to Him that I callously celebrated the end of relationships that broke your heart. I am sorry that I have communicated that you and your families are less than me and mine.

Chambers, who according to his online biography was gay as a teen and young adult, stated in his apology address that although he doesn't believe gay marriage is Biblically allowed, he doesn't have "any desire to fight you on your beliefs or the rights that you seek."

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