The head of a leading Christian ministry dedicated to helping gays repress their sexual urges through prayer has apologized to the gay community and says he now wants to devote his efforts to reconciliation.
Alan Chambers of Exodus International tells The Associated Press Thursday that the church has "waged the culture war, and it's time to put the weapons down."
He said Exodus - whose work infuriated may gay-rights activists - will be closing down. He and his allies will be forming a new ministry seeking to open a conversation among those who've been on opposite sides in the debate over gay rights.
He says they want "to see bridges built" and "want peace to be at the forefront of anything we do in the future."