Apple removes 'anti-gay' app after protests

iPad 2 maker Apple has removed a controversial 'anti-gay' app from its iTunes App Store after nearly 150,000 people signed an online petition requesting its removal.

The iOS app for iPhone and iPad, which promised to help 'cure' homosexuality, was released in February by Exodus International, a bunch of right-wing Christian nutjobs from the Land of the Free™.

Unsurprisingly, gay rights groups were riled by the collection of homophobic videos, blog posts and other content, and nearly 150,000 concerned Internet users queued up outside the Cupertino company's peaceful walled garden to let it know that oranges were not the only fruit.

On Tuesday night Change.org, the group behind the petition, posted an update saying that the app was no longer in the App Store.

Campaigners said they planned to keep up the pressure on Apple until the company explained its decision.

On Wednesday, an Apple spokesman confirmed the removal, telling ABCNews.com: "We removed the app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people."

Exodus International says it plans to appeal the decision.

"We are currently evaluating our strategy, as far as what we will do at this point in time," said the group's Jeff Buchanan. "We do plan to pursue possible other avenues or other [smartphone] platforms, but that remains to be seen."

Buchanan complained that Exodus International had been the victim of prejudice, stating that an allegedly 'pro-gay' app from the Metropolitan Community Church of New York had been given a place in the App Store.

"What we're asking for is fair and equal representation on the Apple platform," he said. "We see this as a religious freedom."