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  LDS Representative Tells Vermont Legislature to Amend Constitution
In the wake of last month's Vermont Supreme Court decision that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to the same benefits enjoyed by married couples, the Vermont legislature held hearings what legislation should be enacted to implement the decision. Opponents of same-sex marriage, including the LDS Church, testified before the Vermont House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, arguing that the legislature should either ignore the decision or try to enact a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.

  Supreme Court Case on Gays in Scouts could affect LDS Church
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal in the case of a former New Jersey Scout leader who was kicked out of Scouting after the Boy Scouts of America learned he is homosexual. The Boys Scouts of America appealed the decision of the New Jersey Supreme Court last summer, which ruled that the BSA in not a private organization, but a "public accommodation." The LDS Church filed a friend-of-the-court brief siding with the BSA in that case.

  Irish Times Explains Background for Kenyan Report Against Mormons
A 1995 report from the Kenyan Presidential Commission into the Cult of Devil Worship, leaked to the press last year, claimed that Mormons are one of many groups in Kenya promoting devil worship. This Irish Times article gives background information about why the commission was looking at devil worship and why it would have named the LDS Church as a source.


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