Stephanie Miller, host of cabler Current's Talking Liberally, has apologized for allowing the Salvation Army to claim it's not anti-gay on her show.

When Major George Hood explained to Miller that discrimination against gay men and lesbians would violate the organization's mission, Miller did not challenge the assertion. Hood also claimed that the Salvation Army does not give to anti-gay causes or discriminate against hiring gays. He blamed the Internet for such falsehoods.

On Wednesday, Miller, who is openly gay, apologized in a statement.

“Where I screwed up was in not doing more research about the Salvation Army's long and checkered history involving LGBTQ people and our issues. I sincerely apologize for that.”

“When I returned from the Thanksgiving holiday, I learned a lot more – much of of it from friends like John Aravosis at America Blog and Michelangelo Signorile at Sirius OutQ – and I decided that, effective immediately, Talking Liberally and The Stephanie Miller Show would no longer be a part of the Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle Campaign.”

“Please understand that I do believe the Salvation Army does much good work in the world and I also believe in redemption. I sincerely hope they will change their mission statement and policies regarding the LGBTQ community and I am very willing to continue that dialogue with them.”

“Through yesterday, your generosity has raised $1,150 for the Salvation Army in the Stephanie Miller Red Kettle.”

“I am now going to personally match that amount with a donation to the Trevor Project, whose work and mission I can endorse without any reservation. The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.”

In 2001, the Salvation Army lobbied the Bush administration to allow religious non-profits to engage in hiring discrimination against gay men and lesbians. The Washington Post quoted Hood as saying that on the question of hiring gays, “it really begins to chew away at the theological fabric of who we are.”

(Related: Salvation Army's George Hood denies anti-gay allegations.)