Former Gay Converters Apologize

Erstwhile opponents affirm homosexuality
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2007 11:14 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Three ex-leaders of the country's largest Christian gay-conversion ministry apologized for their behavior yesterday, saying the group had caused psychological distress to those it claimed to help. An Exodus International co-founder, now out as a gay man, lamented that the organization had made people feel "compelled to try to change an integral part of themselves," the LA Times reports.

The three men continue to be "committed Christians," said one of them, who now leads a gay ministry in the UK. The public apology was timed with the conversion group’s yearly conference, which issued only a simple disagreement with the three.