Lisa Ling says she doesn't believe people can alter their sexuality through prayer.

Gay groups had criticized an Our America episode which aired on Oprah Winfrey's cabler OWN in March profiling the “ex-gay” movement.

Ling's reporting was challenged by gay watchdog the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and Truth Wins Out (TWO), a group that advocates against “ex-gay” ministries.

In an interview with gay male entertainment website, Ling defended her work.

Critics said the show's theme – articulated in its title: Can You Pray Away The Gay? – was offensive.

“Well I think that's a bit of an unfair criticism,” Ling said. “[T]he question mark at the end was supposed to be rhetorical because I think these days, most people recognize that you can pray the gay away as much as you can pray the Asian away. Or pray the black away. It has never been proven. In fact, it's been disproven by reputable medical associations. The title was to really inspire people to watch the show.”

“My objective wasn't to incite a reaction from the gay community, and if it did so, I'm so sorry. My intention was to provoke closed-minded religious folks and hope they would expand their horizons and really find out what God's love really means.”

In the video titled Lisa Ling Screws Up Big-Time On 'Ex-Gay' Segment, Truth Wins Out President Wayne Besen challenged Ling's assertion that “ex-gay” ministry Exodus International doesn't make false promises. Ling didn't respond to Besen's criticisms in the interview. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)