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Continued: Christian group that sought to help gays repress same-sex attraction apologizes, closes down

  • Article by: DAVID CRARY , AP National Writer
  • Last update: June 20, 2013 - 8:50 PM

"It feels like the unnecessary death of a dear friend," said the board, vowing to carry on with Exodus' original mission.

Chambers was criticized by Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays. Her group had been a member of Exodus before resigning four years ago, and it's now part of the Restored Hope Network.

Griggs said Chambers was entitled to decide what was best for himself, but shouldn't be discrediting the efforts of others to help people who were uncomfortable with same-sex attraction.

"We do not owe an apology to the gay community," she said. "Nobody's ever forced to change. That's an individual's right."

Among those commending Chambers was California state Sen. Ted Lieu, author of a recently passed law seeking to ban licensed counselors from trying to turn gay teens straight. The law has been put on hold by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals pending resolution of lawsuits challenging it.

"In the past, Exodus International practiced the quackery known as reparative therapy or various versions of gay conversion therapy," Lieu said. "Exodus International's mea culpa and shut-down puts another nail in the coffin for reparative therapy."

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