SC Senator Goes on Inane Marriage Rant During Flag Debate

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called the state legislature back into session in order to vote on removing the Confederate flag from capitol grounds, which apparently requires a 2/3 vote of both houses. Sen. Lee (Not Very) Bright used the opportunity to go on a mildly unhinged rant against same-sex marriage.

Yeah, that old devil is taking control. He could hardly do any worse than the Republicans who control that state have done. The Senate ended up voting 37-3 to remove the flag. Guess who one of the three no votes was? Lee Bright. He’s also famously a young earth creationist who has tried repeatedly to get creationism into schools.

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  • ebotebo


  • Synfandel

    What is this “sah-nee-dah” that he wants to open up?

  • Synfandel

    That was a straight question, by the way. I’m not a Southerner, I’m not a Christian, I’m not an American. I haven’t a clue what he was referring to.

  • themadtapper


    Not sure myself. In the context, it sounds like some kind of procedural thing. He seems to be trying to convince them to stop debating the matter the governor called them there for and debate gay marriage instead.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Why does the SC Senate put a goddamn sword in easy reach of people like Lee Bright?

  • theschwa

    I hope Patton Oswalt plays him in the movie.

    Also, is that Excalibur behind him??

  • Synfandel

    Why does the SC Senate put a goddamn sword in easy reach of people like Lee Bright?

    In case Clancy Brown shows up. There can be only one.

  • thebookofdave

    A pointless gesture, Synfandel, as if removing his head would have any effect. His other end would carry on in its place.

  • grumpyoldfart

    He watched the White House be lit up in the “abomination colors“.

    That’s the colors of the rainbow – god’s sign of the covenant he made with his followers.

    (Genesis 9:13)

  • eamick

    @2/3: He was saying sine die, which means adjourning without setting a date for reconvening. For some reason, legislators pronounce it “sigh nee dye”. I assume there was some motion to adjourn sine die after voting on the flag issue, and he was apparently asking to debate same-sex marriage as well.

  • Synfandel

    Thank you, eamick.

  • colnago80

    Just another basic redneck peckerwood white trash scumbag.

  • sugarfrosted

    @10 I gues that’s better than pronouncing it “sign die”

  • John Pieret


    In fairness to the Romans and their language, he was trying to say sine die when he is only fluent in Cracker.

  • peterh

    Just shows what uncontrolled breeding can lead to.

  • thebookofdave

    Just shows what uncontrolled inbreeding can lead to.[emphasis mine]

  • eamick

    In fairness to the Romans and their language, he was trying to say sine die when he is only fluent in Cracker.

    Well, not really. The US Congress uses the same pronunciation, and it would not surprise me to find a lot of other legislatures doing likewise.

  • John Pieret

    There may be a difference between American pronunciations and British.

    Mirriam-Webster give it as: sign-ah dye-ee

    While the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary gives it as: sigh-knee dye-ee

    The cracker pronounces it sigh-knee dye, without the two syllables of the second word. Lord knows I have no clue what the correct pronunciation is and couldn’t execute it in any case, since I had my tongue firmly planted in my cheek.

  • Synfandel

    Cicero would have pronounced it “SEE-nay DEE-ay”.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    When I took Latin, we would have pronounced it “see-nay dee-ay,” but it seems most Latin legal terms are usually “mispronounced” in English. These expressions were taken in centuries ago by the English and we took them over with degenerated pronunciation and then started our own pronunciation traditions. This is actually a case of a hillbilly using words beyond his usual ken, not an egregious error. My apologies to Dr Johnson:

    Sir, a [Southern politician’s using big words] is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.

  • Numenaster

    For pronunciation of “sine die”, the Oregon legislature uses the pronunciation from the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of “SIGN-ee DYE-ee”. It’s common for us to see the ceremonial gavel thump televised on the local news, and the presenter generally translates and explains the term.