Watch: US Senator claims same-sex marriage is like the ‘devil taking control’ of the country

State Senator Lee Bright also criticised President Barack Obama’s projection of “the abomination colons” on the White House and decreed that it is “time for the church to rise up”.

Senator Bright, a staunch Republican and equally enthusiastic homophobe, took to the podium in South Carolina yesterday, during what was supposed be a debate on whether to remove the Confederate flag from the State Capitol. However, Bright instead attempted to sideline the issue at hand by calling for an immediate debate on gay marriage.

“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 cried dramatically.

Comparing the union of two loving people to the topic of abortion, Bright stated: “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’ll be one nation gone under.’”

Senator Bright echoed calls from other state officials, including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, by defending the right of local clerks not to do their jobs and refuse to marry same sex couples.

Last year, the Republican candidate for South Carolina Anthony Culler invoked the movie “Gremlins” to describe same-sex couples, saying they are not “cute and cuddly” but seek to destroy our way of life.