Alan Chambers, the president of the “ex-gay” group Exodus International, has called the notion of altering the sexuality of gay people “bizarre.”

“I do not believe that cure is a word that is applicable to really any struggle, homosexuality included,” Chambers told the AP. “For someone to put out a shingle and say, 'I can cure homosexuality' – that to me is as bizarre as someone saying they can cure any other common temptation or struggle that anyone faces on Planet Earth.”

The Orlando-based Exodus International boasts 260 member ministries throughout the world.

Chambers made his comments as Exodus holds its annual conference in a Minneapolis suburb.

He said the ministry would shift from promoting so-called reparative or conversion therapy to emphasizing how gay Christians can manage their same-sex attractions. For some that could mean celibacy.

“I consider myself fortunate to be in the best marriage I know,” Chambers said. “It's an amazing thing, yet I do have same-sex attractions. Those things don't overwhelm me or my marriage; they are something that informs me like any other struggle I might bright to the table.”

The move comes as “ex-gay” therapy comes under increasing assault. For example, lawmakers in California are looking at outlawing the practice under certain situations. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) last month filed its first lawsuit against a physician accused of attempting to alter the sexuality of a gay man without his consent. And Dr. Robert Spitzer has apologized for his own 2001 study which concluded that highly-motivated gay people could alter their sexuality.

David Pruden, chief operating officer with the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), insisted the treatment works.

“To hold out the idea that one's homosexual attractions can diminish, that the possibility of heterosexual attractions coming forth over a period of time – those things are possible,” he told the AP.