Gay Newspaper Names Mormon Leader 'Person of the Year'

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah-based gay and lesbian newspaper has
named Mormon church President Thomas S. Monson its 2008 'Person of
the Year.'

Editors of "QSaltLake" say Monson has had a significant impact on Utah's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, sparking many people to get involved in the gay-rights movement.

In June, Monson asked church members to help pass Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative to ban gay marriage. The measure was approved by voters in November. Mormon church facilities have since
been picketed or targeted for vandalism.

QSaltLake editor Michael Aaron says the selection is not meant to spite Monson or the church, but simply recognizes his part in invigorating gay rights activism in Utah.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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