Many people have blogged on the subject of the Church supporting gay protection statues, so I won't go on length about it. I do have a few words to add. I've heard many voices from the gay side. Most are afraid of trusting the Church. They think this is to reverse the public's opinion of the Church, or to prepare us for a future action. I think that's mostly because once you've lost trust, it's very hard to gain again. Trust is harder to earn than love for sure. But it isn't their reaction that I want to talk about.
I don't know the Church's motivation in supporting those statues. I hope it's for altruistic reasons and I'll continue believing that until proven otherwise. But it's had one good effect besides actually protecting GLBT people. It has mixed up the status quo! Legislators and other conservative influences often try to out-church the Church. The Eagle Forum and the Sutherland Institute are both aghast at the Church's "new" stance. Those two organizations have been leeching their power from the Church. They claimed their stance was the LDS stance and gained many followers that way. Now their paths have diverged and it's made those organizations angry.
This has also been good for the membership of the Church. Many of them used the Church as an excuse for why gay men and women should have no rights. Their religion allowed them a air-tight reason to hate or discriminate against gays. This latest action will hopefully allow those people to rethink their bias. Senator Buttars changed and that by itself is a miracle.
So, no matter the reason for this change, I say we look at it as a step in the right direction. It can help Utahns and members of the Church to love and accept their gay brothers and sisters.