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Fla.-Based Gay-Repression Ministry Closes Doors, Apologizes To Gays

A Florida ministry dedicated to helping gay people repress their urges is shutting down. The president of Orlando, Fla.-based Exodus International has apologized to the gay community.

Alan Chambers said on Exodus International's website Thursday that the group wants to apologize "to the gay community for years of undue suffering and judgment at the hands of the organization and the church as a whole."

Chambers also says he is sorry the group promoted sexual orientation change efforts.

Exodus International was founded 37 years ago. It has 260 member ministries around the world.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.