Lee Bright calls for impeachment of federal judge who struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban


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Who is Lee Bright? That's a question that should be familiar to the many Charlestonians who have seen the blue tarp signs around busy area roadways. While you may be familiar with the question, you might not know the answer.

Bright is a Republican state senator from Spartanburg who is challenging U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the GOP primary. And he has some, shall we say, interesting ideas. We’ve written about some of them before — and also how he doesn’t care if people think he’s a loon. In fact, Bright seems to revel in making headline-grabbing remarks regardless of how they might sound. Such as suggesting IRS members could turn into “Brownshirts.”

Now Bright is calling for the impeachment of some federal judges — and one judge in particular. He centered his criticism around a federal judge in Utah who recently struck down that state’s same-sex marriage ban.

“These federal judges are absolutely of control on so many different fronts,” Bright told a Tea Party gathering, according to an audio recording of his comments.

More Bright:
I think if you just took the most egregious case, possibly the one out in Utah where basically the state constitution is being trumped by one federal judge, in a sense the will of a sovereign state ... Congress ought to stand up and do its job and impeach one of these federal judges. And I think when you do that — being a federal judge is a pretty good gig — and I think if you’ll impeach just one, the rest of them will do the right thing. And they’ll do it out of necessity, because self-preservation is an instinct that so many folks have.
Bright is one of four Republican candidates positioning themselves to the hard right of Graham's flank.

Meanwhile, a same-sex couple here in South Carolina is challenging the state’s gay marriage ban.

Federal judge Joe Anderson would have heard the case, but he recused himself because of his ties to the Boy Scouts of America where he took a position on scout discussions involving the organization’s stance on gay scouts. U.S. Judge Michelle Childs, an appointee of President Barack Obama, replaced him.

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Lee Bright is on the wrong side of history. Most Americans believe in personal freedom, and the country has already left him behind on this one. People move, so to make any sense, marriage law really has to be uniform across the country. It is just a matter of time before the federal courts strike down all local barriers to gay marriage.

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Posted by obviousdusty on January 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM

His 5 minutes will be up very soon.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on January 16, 2014 at 10:16 AM

so what was the impeachable offense? So many yahoos go around screaming "impeach, impeach," but impeachment is reserved to a specific list of crimes. So, again, what was the impeachable offense?
I suggest that henceforth if someone gives the "impeach" cry when there is no impeachable crime that the rest of us reply "shut up you uneducated asshole."

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Posted by Ima Oldman on January 16, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Bright is a dimwit. His name is deceptive, just like him. He disclosed 1.4 million in debt from his trucking business which was in foreclosure. Nah, don't want him telling me how the State should spend its money as he can not even get his own house in order. His far right wing politics border on lunacy and his delusional public statements make all of us cringe. Ask him to go away. Tell him they need him in Utah to straighten out the Judges.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on January 16, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Howcome when states do things they don't like Cons are all "Federal Government" like with WA and CO legalizing pot for recreational use, but when states to something that obviously violates the Constitution (forbidding one class of people from getting married, or recognizing legal marriages granted by other states) they're all "State's Rights"?

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Posted by John Clary on January 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM

I'd say this politician is just getting the hard-right base's dander up over something that he couldn't possibly accomplish, all while reminding everyone that, hey, Senator Graham just happens to be a lifelong bachelor for some odd reason. You know, common clay of the new West type of stuff?

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Posted by factoryconnection on January 17, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Ya know.... Winston Churchill was also considered a loon until he was proven to be correct... repeatedly. It is possible to neglect teaching history and therefore make the same mistakes twice.

Posted by Elizabeth Jean on February 9, 2014 at 10:06 PM
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