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Apple Pulls ''Gay Cure'' App Following Complaints

The app in question was submitted to the app store by Exodus International, a Christian group that claims it can cure homosexuality, and promised "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus."

Jeff Buchanan, a senior director at Exodus, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the app was meant to "provide the information and education for people who are looking for an alternative to unwanted same sex attractions." Available in the App Store since February 15, the app carried a rating of 4+, an App Store rating that meant it contained "no objectionable material." However, it was pulled late last night after a petition from garnered more than 150,000 signatures.

The petition, addressed to CEO Steve Jobs, called Apple out for approving the anti-gay app while racist or anti-Semitic apps are rejected.

"Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app 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' and a 'counterfeit'.

"This is a double standard that has the potential for devastating consequences. Apple needs to be told, loud and clear, that this is unacceptable."

Speaking to CNet, Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr said the app was pulled because "it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people."

While Neumayr offered no explanation as to why the app was approved in the first place, Apple's app approval process has a track record for being quite inconsistent. What's more surprising is that the app remained on sale for over five weeks.