Apple removed an app from its online store, claiming that the program was described as gay as "disease", "addiction" and "sin."
NBC News reported that the company recently drew the app developed by the idea Living Hope Ministries by truth wins, an organization fighting for what is called "anti-gay religious extremism", launched a petition last week.
Ricky Chelette, CEO of the Living Hope Departments, told the news agency that the idea developed the app several years ago to "help people in conflict with their beliefs and feelings."
"We have been doing this for a very long time," he said of their efforts.
Chelette told the news outlet He had also been attracted to men in the past, but later changed after he had a life-changing experience with Jesus.
The truth wins out in its prayer, which gathered 356 signatures before the app was drawn, that the app tipped the LGBT youth as it sought to "transform from gay to right through prayer and therapy."
"The app falsely proves to be gay as an" addiction "," disease "and" sin. "The American psychiatric association warns that attempts to change their sexual orientation can lead to" anxiety, depression and self-defeating behavior ", including suicide. Why would Apple allow its online store to be used as a platform to promote such dangerous, homophobic garbage? "The petition asked.
The truth extracts CEO Wayne Besen later thanked Apple for removing the app in a statement Friday, according to NBC News.
"We thank Apple for exemplifying corporate social responsibility and taking quick action to remove a dangerous app such as stigmatizing and demeaning LGBT people," said the Besen. "Ex-gay programs are consumer scams and cause significant harm to the people they"
The gay rights group said it will work to get the app removed from other platforms as well.
Chelette told NBC News he was not informed that Apple would take down the app and plan to challenge the movement.
"I find it unfortunate that the lawyer does not know what we are doing and assume that we are some hate organization. We are not," said Chelette. "We love gay identified persons."