The church would be better off it it stopped wadding into crocodile infested waters. This issue is a no win for them yet, they keep stirring the pot.
I am not sure I agree with their choice of actions on this issue, just like I didn't agree with the campaigns against Propositions to oppose gay marriage.
BUT... the only thing I can see is that the issue isn't black and white or simple.
If it was solely about rights for LGBTQ+ individuals, I think they could stay out of those waters and love everyone and hope everyone is happy, even if they have their view of what God thinks.
However, the problem I see is that those waters include a perceived challenge to their religious freedoms. And so the fear is if they stay out of the waters, they lose their property. The waters and crocodiles have come on to their property to be dealt with, not the church going out and seeking the fight.
Some fights are lose-lose if they get involved or if they don't get involved. So the choice is which loss is less painful, even if there is no win.
God creates an interesting mortal experience where we are given dilemmas and there often isn't a "right" and "wrong" but more of a choice. Like the Brother of Jared deciding crystal rocks were going to be the light source, God doesn't care what we come up with as a choice, but is judging us on how we choose and act, even if there is no black and white clear right answer.
If the church sits on the sidelines, I think they feel they will lose rights to practice the religion in the long run.
If you could separate the two issues...I think the church would be fine with LGBTQ+ rights.
So the church's position isn't about being "against LGBTQ+" rights...it is about their belief they need to be protecting church rights. They just overlap and it gets complicated, and they are not choosing to step into the waters, but are in them...and have to choose to get out and close up chapel doors and quit, or choose to fight for the right to practice the religion according to our conscience.
I'm not saying I agree with that assessment...the error could be that the church fears their rights will be lost, when that won't happen. But if the prophets believe long-term they need to protect it, they are willing to step into the waters. Who knows if their fears are justified or not??
It's hard for me to see why the church cares, and why they won't let it go. But I truly believe it is not
about fighting against LGBTQ+ rights, but is about their belief they must defend their religious rights, and then they get painted in bad light because of it...but that is reality.