From Miriam: The Mormon Move and Utah Leading on Gay Rights
I've thought a little more about this issue since my original post.
One of the reasons I liked the church's actions is that it marked a shift from a "prevent things we don't like" political attitude to a "promote good things" one. Previously, the church involved itself in maintaining the status-quo: keeping marriage between a man and a woman, and maintaining that men and women are inherently different. But the move to support gay rights shows that the church cares about changing the world for the better.
I don't like the squabble about the word marriage. I wish we didn't have to deal with this issue. I wish that everyone could have equal rights that don't interfere.
But for now, I'll count my pennies, because, as Miriam put it, pennies add up.