Then this post on lds.net came to my attention. A person asked the following question on the LDS forum:
I'm somewhat confused on what to do right now. I am currently living in an apartment with 3 bedrooms. My roommate (The one moving out) that has the bedroom with a private bath is the room a 2 gay guys want to rent. ...
The gay couple will be in the room in the front of the apartment. Separate bathroom, but we all share the laundry room which is in the closest of their room.
The guy I met is really nice and he agree to not show affection and such...
... but what to do?
Before ceding the floor for comments the poster ended with something rather surprising:
I feel like I need to follow the Church non-discrimination stand on this one. They recently supported that in Utah...
Wow! Wow! Wow!
But then he hesitated:
... but I want to be careful.
In other words, "the Church told me not to discriminate in housing, but I'm still scared of gay people because I know they are bad, so please, LDS Forum members, tell me what I should do."
You can read the comments on the thread if you're interested; the majority were benign.
I don't know about you, but as weird as this is I see it as progress. When the Church makes a stand the members notice and change their behavior. The opinions of LDS leaders are enormously influential among the rank and file. This is why the Church's support for basic civil rights for gay people was an important, meaningful step. Congratulations to all those in Salt Lake who worked for it.