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  Matis Remembered In Newsweek
This week's issue of Newsweek recounts the tragic story of LDS Church member Stuart Matis, who struggled with homosexual feelings until his suicide February 25th on the steps of his LDS stake center in California. His suicide came just two weeks before the vote on California's Proposition 22. Matis had, by all accounts, remained celibate, refusing to yield to his homosexual urges.

  Gay Marriage Target Of Proposed Nevada Amendment
Richard Ziser, chairman of the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, is hard at work to amend the Nevada Constitution to prove that religion and politics are inseparable bedfellows. Ziser is actively circulating petitions that will amend the constitution during the November vote to include the wording: "Only a marriage between a male and a female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state."

  New Zealand Paper Reports Assault Charges Against LDS Missionary
Details are not clear in this report that an LDS missionary is accused of assaulting a Levin, New Zealand man on his back doorstep. Peter Munro claims that an LDS missionary that he had earlier turned away from his door returned and assaulted him, claiming that he tried to run them down in his car.

  Methodists declare Mormonism outside the Christian tradition
The United Methodist Church approved a new policy Wednesday that says Mormonism is not a Christian religion, and requiring converts from the LDS Church to be treated like non-Christians and re-baptized. The body cited the LDS Church's doctrines, saying that its teachings were "radically differing doctrine" in several areas.

  Salt Lake City set to clarify the sale of street
Salt Lake City will try to make an end-run around the ACLU's civil lawsuit tomorrow by passing an ordinance amendment clarifying its stance on the sale. The amendment could nullify the ACLU's lawsuit against the city and the LDS Church without affecting the sale of the street to the Church.

  Celebration Planned For Hinckley's 90th Birthday
LDS Church officials are planning a "worldwide celebration" for LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's 90th birthday. Hinckley will be honored at "An Evening of Celebration" at 7 p.m., June 23, in the new LDS Church Conference Center. The celebration will feature musical performances and be broadcast to LDS stake centers throughout the world.

  Hatch Champions Bill To Make Bankruptcy Less Appealing
Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is championing a proposal to stem the rise in bankruptcy abuse which in recent years reached a record 1.4 million in 1998, up more than 300 percent since 1980. The amended legislation would make it harder for people to erase debts through bankruptcy. Bills H.R. 833 in the House and S.945 in the Senate have raised considerable protest from consumer advocates, unions, women's groups and religious leaders.

  Nauvoo delays rezoning action
The Nauvoo, Illinois City Council delayed action on a new zoning regulation at a recent city council meeting. The planning, zoning, business license and transportation measures are planned because of the anticipated growth and tourism in the city because of construction of the Nauvoo Temple. The city is about half way through a 90-day moratorium on building permits.

  LDS Donation Jump-start's Postal Workers Food Drive
The LDS Church helped jump start a food drive that Saturday collected more than 300,000 pounds of canned food. A $7,000 grant from the LDS Church is credited with providing the National Association of Letter Carriers with donation bags that assisted in collecting the food.

  Legendary Mormon Sheriff Carved Early Utah Saga
On Utah's observance of law week, and when the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department celebrates its sesquicentennial, documents found by a California collector offer newinsights on Utah's first sheriff.

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