Cruz S.C. Co-Chair Wanted To Impeach Federal Judge Over Gay Marriage

May 5, 2015 1:07 p.m.

One of the newly announced South Carolina co-chairs for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) presidential campaign previously argued that the Utah judge who overturned the state’s gay marriage ban should be impeached.

That co-chair is state Sen. Lee Bright (R), who challenged Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the 2014 Republican primary. Bright, in 2014, griped about federal judges being “absolutely out of control on so many different fronts” and went on to suggest that U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby, the judge who struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, should be impeached.

In April, Cruz was hosted by a pair of gay hoteliers in Manhattan. At that dinner, he said that he would love his daughters just as much if one of them were gay. That’s despite Cruz saying he views marriage as between one man and one woman.

Cruz also supports a constitutional amendment prohibiting judges from overturning state marriage laws. Cruz suggested to The Washington Blade that courts don’t have the authority to rule for gay marriage.

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“Because, as I said, I’m a constitutionalist,” Cruz told the Blade. “If a state chooses to adopt gay marriage, that’s within its constitutional authority to do so, but if it chooses not to, if it chooses traditional marriage, that is also within its constitutional purview. Part of the genius of the framers of our Constitution was allowing for the now 50 states to be laboratories of democracy, to adopt and reflect different policy choices state by state.”

Bright has also pushed for his home state to create its own currency.

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