Regarding opposing gay marriage in Utah.
Many speak of charity and loving one's neighbor when it comes to issues like gay marriage. If they would read Christ's words (or even Joseph Smith's) they would find that the Savior, who was the embodiment of charity, did not feel that opposing evil was uncharitable. There is nothing charitable about looking the other way as God's children rush to destruction. But these days doing just that is usually accompanied by patting oneself on the back for being charitable, non-judgemental and loving.
When we have left this life, what will our concerns be? When all the things that grab our attention are gone, and the day of our probation is over, I think it is obvious that there will be one overwhelmingly issue in our minds. It will be what kingdom we and those we love will be receiving. That issue will be so keen in our minds that Joseph Smith taught that the mental anguish from that alone would be the chief cause of the sufferings of the damned. When we can look back and see this life with all other concerns stripped away will we not see our actions here very differently? The cares of jobs, social status, and the many distractions of mortality will all be washed away by the overwhelming questions: "Will I be exalted? Will those I love be exalted? Will those I have known be exalted?" From that perspective when we look back at our behavior now all the ideals that many are currently calling "love" will appear for what they truly are, just as the "love" of the hippy era will appear for what it truly was. It is not love. It more like the antithesis of love. We will know it was not love, it was apathy, preferring to be cool and aloof instead of warding people away from sin. We will know it was not love, it was selfishness and vanity, preferring our social status over standing up and being counted. We will know it was not love, it was hypocrisy, wanting to appear valiant, but not wanting to act valiantly. We will know it was not love, it was pride, not wanting to sacrifice our self image, a difficult but crucial part of consecration. When we look back on mortality knowing the absolute nothingness of so much of what we base our daily actions on, we will see clearly what would have constituted love and charity for the souls we knew.
Brigham Young taught that the reason the saints were driven from place to place had nothing it do with polygamy or any other doctrine. It was the power of the adversary inspiring wicked men to oppose the power of the Lord. These political machinations are not innocent. They are inspired by Satan. When these people have what they want, they will be just as zealous to oppress and destroy the true church and its members as those who fought against the prophets in all dispensations. We must not let them get in that position.
I have heard the bizarre accusation made assert that gay marriage in Utah is "our fault" because we were not accommodating enough. Similar hogwash is spouted about the pioneers being driven from place to place being "their fault". The prophets taught otherwise. Doubtless similar words were spoken about Christ's crucifixion by many in his day. Words like: "He brought it one himself, obviously, otherwise it wouldn't have happened.", "He spoke condemningly against the pharisees and sadducees.", "He used a cat of nine tails to drive out the sellers in the temple, twice." The blame should be placed where it truly lies. There may be "those who speak all manner of evil against [Christ's followers]" but one can't be true and faithful while adding one's voice to them. In those days as in this one it is the power of the adversary inspiring wicked men to oppose the power of the Lord.