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'Anti-Gay' iPhone App Pulled From Apple Store

Photo Courtesy - Apple Computer, Inc.(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- An iPhone application denouncing gay marriage is apparently history after thousands of people signed an online petition urging Apple to remove it from its App Store.

The application, called Manhattan Declaration, was a "call of Christian Conscience" that advocated "the sanctity of life, the dignity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and religious liberty," according to its website. But after its October launch, the application drew criticism from around the Web. Calling it "anti-gay" and "anti-choice," launched an online petition asking Apple to remove the application from its app store.

"Apple needs to hear from concerned people now! Let's send a strong message to Apple that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business," it said.

On Monday, updated the petition to announce that Apple had apparently removed the application from its App Store after more than 7,000 members e-mailed the company in protest.

In a statement, Apple said, "We removed the Manhattan Declaration app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people."

In a message on its homepage, the drafters of the Manhattan Declaration said they were "perplexed" at Apple's decision to remove their application.

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