Despite misgivings about the political stances of one's Church family, in the end the faithful liberal Mormon is still doomed to defend one's religion and church. For a member to state that his or her Church would not influence their political decision-making either displays a lack of candor or a lack of faith. But, it is also a mistake to assume that every Mormon is a Republican or necessarily supports politically social conservative stances.
Despite the occassional assertion that every question has a black and white answer, there are huge gray areas where political discourse and disagreement can take place among Mormons. A clear example are the issues raised by abortion. While Mormons disapprove of abortion as an individual's choice with the exceptions normally favored by social moderates, that does not mean there is unanimity as to who should be calling the shots in the decision-making process. There are many Mormons who feel that the decision should be that of the woman in consultation with her physician and religious advisor.
But when it comes down to faith, for example an attack on the divinity of Christ, or the validity of the Book of Mormon, or the Bible, a faithful Mormon is going to defend their religion and their Church. There are certain lines which a Mormon should not cross regardless of the social or political consequences.
That does not translate, however, in to a mandate to impose Mormon morality upon others. It is upon this rock that many Mormons who are politically active have foundered. It is here where incredible discretion must be exercised by a member to make sure that he or she has not crossed the line, and the line is sometimes unduly faint.