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Apple removes a religious app that alleges homosexuality is 'sin'

An LGBTQ rights organization, Truth Wins Out, launched its petition on Thursday asking for its removal the app by Living Hope Ministries that portrayed homosexuality as "sickness" and "sin".

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New Delhi Published on: December 24, 2018 13:26 IST
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Apple removes a religious app that alleges homosexuality is 'sin'

Apple,  the Cupertino based American technology company has removed a religious app from App Store after a petition by an LGBTQ rights organization, Truth Wins Out, launched its petition on Thursday asking for its removal the app by Living Hope Ministries that portrayed homosexuality as "sickness" and "sin".

The app was created by Living Hope Ministries, a Texas-based religious group, as reported by Fortune on Sunday.

The app sought lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirit, asexual (LGBTQ) youth "to change from gay-to-straight through prayer and therapy".

"We thank Apple for exemplifying corporate responsibility and taking swift action to remove a dangerous app that stigmatises and demeans LGBT people," Wayne Besen, Group Executive Director of non-profit Truth Wins Out that began the petition, said in a statement.

Ricky Chelette from Living Hope Ministries Executive, however, told NBC News that "we only help those individuals who are seeking us".

He further added that he was not told in advance that Apple would remove the app, as Apple is yet to issue a statement on the app's removal.

(With IANS inputs)

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