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Exodus International closes, apologizes for trying to 'cure' homosexuality

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Exodus International, the Southern California-based ministry that focused on trying to "cure" people of homosexuality, has shut down, officials announced Wednesday.

The closure of Exodus Internaional came a day after its president, Alan Chambers, wrote a lengthy apology for his group's actions that was posted on their website.

"We have done wrong, and I stand with many others who now recognize the need to offer apologies and make things right," Chambers said in the apology. "I haven't always been the leader of Exodus, but I am now and someone must finally own and acknowledge the hurt of others.

"I am sorry that some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt you felt when your attractions didn’t change."

Other members of the ministry previously came forward to apologize for the actions of exodus. Earlier this year, the group's chairman, John Paulk, also apologized and said he no longer believed that reparative therapy could "cure" people of homosexuality.

"I feel great sorrow over the pain that has been caused when my words were misconstrued," Paulk said in April in an interview with PQ magazine. "During this journey I have made many mistakes and I have hurt many people including people who are close to me."

Exodus officials say that its leaders will launch a new ministry that they say will be more welcoming of everyone, regardless of sexuality.

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