During the South Carolina Senate's debate Monday on removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, state Senator Lee Bright urged lawmakers to instead focus on the “national sin” of marriage equality.

“Our governor called us in to deal with the flag that sits out front.  Let’s deal with the national sin that we face today!” Bright said from the floor of the South Carolina Senate. “We talk about abortion but this gay marriage thing I believe 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.”

“And to sanctify deviant behavior from five judges, it’s time for us to make our stand, church!” Bright screamed. “It’s time to make our stand and we’re not doing it.”

“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 warned.

Bright, a Tea Party favorite and a state co-chair of Texas Senator Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, has previously linked the two issues.

“If the recent SCOTUS decisions teach us anything, it's that states' rights are under attack more than ever,” he wrote last week on Facebook, a reference to recent Supreme Court rulings upholding Obamacare and declaring that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry in all 50 states.

Bright was one of only three senators who voted to keep the flag.