A self-described former lesbian and feminist said on Wednesday that the Supreme Court’s decision in theObergefell v. Hodges case declaring states’ ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, created the “nation’s reigning idol.”
“When five unelected Supreme Court judges appended sexual orientation to the 14th Amendment in the 2015 Obergefell decision declaring state bans on gay marriage unconstitutional, sexual orientation metastasized from a description of perceived sexual desires to our nation’s reigning idol,” Rosaria Butterfield said in a lecture at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.
“Idols seduce,” Butterfield said. “Idols demand allegiance.
“Idols steal worship from God, and idols destroy faith in God,” Butterfield said.
Butterfield, a former tenured professor at Syracuse University, converted to Christianity in 1999 and has written several books, including “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert” and “Openness Unhindered, Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Covert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ.”
“The Obergefell decision established into law the idea that our sexuality is inseparable from our spirit; that it captures the truth about who we really are and that to deny its expression violates the core of our identity,” Butterfield said.
Butterfield said she now believes God created male and female as “image bearers” and homosexual desires are outcroppings of original sin and all of its manifestations of sin suffered by all mankind.
She also said she regrets the role she played in advancing the homosexual agenda.
“Who am I, and how dare I say these things?” Butterfield said. “You see, this is not an easy conversation for me.
“You see, we live in the world now that I helped create,” Butterfield said. “The blood is on these hands.
“I spent 10 years of my life between the ages of 26 and 36 in serial monogamous lesbian relationships and working to advance LGBT rights,” Butterfield said.
Butterfield now lives in North Carolina with her husband and their four adopted children. She describes herself today as a “full-time mother and pastor’s wife, part-time author and occasional speaker.”