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Apple Removes "Gay Cure" App



    Apple Removes "Gay Cure" App
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    SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 07: The new iPhone 4 is displayed at the 2010 Apple World Wide Developers conference June 7, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Apple CEO Steve Jobs kicked off their annual WWDC with the announcement of the new iPhone 4. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    First released on Feb. 15, Exodus International's "gay cure" iPhone app has been removed from Apple's app store.

    The app, from Exodus International, offered "freedom from homosexuality through prayer" as its basic tenet. And it outraged gay and lesbian groups (and no doubt many others).

    A group called Truth Wins Out started a petition to have the app removed, and that list grew to 146,000, according to

    Apple originally gave the app a 4+ rating, which indicates it had been vetted and showed "no objectionable content."

    The petition letter leveraged other civil rights examples and anti-Semitism to further its cause:

    Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-semitic apps in its store, yet it gives the green light to an app targeting vulnerable LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a 'sin that will make your heart sick.'

    Apple has yet to comment.