Cupertino, Calif. – After more than 146,000 people signed an
online petition demanding that Apple (NASD: AAPL) remove an iPhone app from an organization
that purports to be able to "cure" homosexuality, the company has
quietly removed the app from Exodus International. Truth Wins Out, an organization
that monitors religiously-based discrimination against gay people, posted an
online petition at Change.org that over 146,000 people signed within several
A scientist also complained to Apple that the app from Exodus
"erroneously cites my research in support of claims that homosexuality can
"Apple made a wise and responsible decision to dump an
offensive app that demonized gay and lesbian people," said Wayne Besen,
executive director of Truth Wins Out.
"The real winners today are LGBT youth
who are safer and less at risk for receiving Exodus’ malice and
Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNET the company pulled
the app because "it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive
to large groups of people."
Apple cited the same reasoning several months
ago for pulling an anti-gay app from the Manhattan Declaration.
(DMW previous coverage)