DNC Delegate: Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Are ‘Cafeteria Christians’

September 4, 2012 - 11:04 AM

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(CNSNews.com) Democratic National Convention North Carolina Delegate Ryan Butler on Sunday accused same-sex marriage opponents of being “cafeteria Christians.”

Speaking on C-SPAN’s “National Journal,” Butler, who is also president of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina, said, “Whenever you pick one thing out of the Bible that you want to use like that, you’re kind of being a cafeteria Christian and picking and choosing whatever you’d like to suit certain prejudices.”

Butler was responding to a comment from a caller from Tennessee, who identified himself as a Baptist and expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage.

“As far as the caller’s second comment about religious beliefs or opinions, I think that if you look right in and next to a lot of the things in the Bible - Leviticus where it says, ‘Man should not lie with another man,’ right next to that, it says, things like don’t shave, don’t have long hair, don’t mix certain types of fabrics,” Butler said.

“You don’t really see the Family Research Council out there protesting Bloomingdale’s. I think whenever you pick one thing out of the Bible that you want to use like that, you’re kind of being a Cafeteria Christian and picking and choosing whatever you’d like to suit certain prejudices. So I just think that people need to really be careful to investigate those things and look at those things before drawing a conclusion there,” he added.

The caller also said President Barack Obama needs “all the votes he can get right now” and “may be riding the fence a little bit” on the gay rights issue and may turn his back on gay rights activists later.

“I don’t think the president’s riding the fence, because – and I guess the caller’s probably not surprised by my answer, but I do have a good reason for that – if you look at the first term of Obama’s presidency, he has done so much for the LGBT community. He’s the first president to come out and announce his support for marriage equality,” Butler said.

“He also has repealed the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. He said as soon as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was sent to his desk that he would sign it. He has done a lot of things to support the LGBT community,” he added.

Butler also cited Obama’s efforts to “make it easier for partners to visit each other in the hospital and things like that. So, I think he’s already done a lot to support the LGBT community, so kind of we need to look back at his record and see yes he has done that, so I think he would only continue doing more.”