‘The devil is taking control’: State senator on marriage ruling
COLUMBIA, July 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – A Republican South Carolina state senator used the occasion of a Senate debate on the proposed removal of the Confederate flag from state house grounds as a springboard to discuss what he called the "nation of sin that we face today" because of the legalization of gay "marriage".
Sen. Lee Bright of Spartanburg said in a passionate speech last Monday that instead of discussing a flag, the state ought to be discussing the U.S. Supreme Court June 26 ruling that forced states to offer marriage licenses to homosexual partners.
"This country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles," he said, "and they are under assault by the men in black robes who were not elected by you. We better make a stand. What I'd like to see is these folks that are working in the position of dealing with these marriage certificates not to have to betray their faith or have to compromise their faith in order to subject themselves to the tyranny of five judges. What we need to do is to debate this on the floor."
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Bright said that America, as originally conceived and founded "under God," will destroy itself unless people of faith arise and take a stand for the lifeblood of their country.
"Let's deal with the nation of sin that we face today. We talk about abortion, but this gay 'marriage' thing – I believe we will be one nation gone under. Like President Reagan said, 'if we're not one nation under God, we will be one nation gone under.'"
"And to sanctify deviant behavior from five judges? It's time for us to make our stand. It's time to make our stand, and we're not doing it."
Bright said that the attack against real marriage between a man and a woman, a union made sacred by God that predates every political power, comes not from man, but from demons.
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"We can rally together and talk about a flag all we want, but the Devil is taking control of this land, and we're not stopping him," he said.
Bright proposed that one way forward would be for the state to "get out of the business of marriage."
"I know that we need to respect our brother and love our brother, but we cannot respect this sin in the state of South Carolina," he said.
Bright closed with a plea for the state to "deal with marriage" in such a way as to protect religious freedom for South Carolinians.
"So, I'm asking you to open up the signing dye, and let's deal with marriage. If we're not going to find some way to push back against the federal government like our forefathers did or push back against a tyrannical government like the founders of this nation did, let's at least not put these citizens of South Carolina in a position where they've got to choose between their faith and their jobs."