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Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch expects gay marriage to be legalized nationally

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The recent string of same-sex marriage victories throughout the United States, including his own state of Utah has to GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch to concede to what he believes is inevitable. Hatch said in an interview on KSL Radio’s “Doug Wright Show” on Wednesday that he is pretty certain that gay marriage will become legal nationally.

This doesn’t mean the senator is still not opposed to gay marriage, in fact, his website shows him very much in support of a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. Hatch doesn’t feel the legality of gay marriage should be determined by the courts, but understands the current trend.

In the interview, Hatch said, “Let’s face it, anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on. There is a question whether [the courts] should be able to tell the states what they can or cannot do with something as important as marriage, but the trend right now in the courts is to permit gay marriage and anybody who doesn’t admit that just isn’t living in the real world.”

It is a trend that has led Hatch to change his tone when it comes to the issue of gay marriage. Not only did he concede that gay marriage would be legalized throughout the United States, he also defended U.S. district judges Robert Shelby and Dale Kimball in their recent decisions regarding same-sex marriage. Shelby overturned Utah’s Amendment 3 ban back on Dec. 20 and Kimball just last week declared the state must recognize all legal right of over 1,000 same-sex couples who wed before a stay was put into place.

His disagreement with their rulings did not stand in the way of his recognition of them as outstanding judges who were following the law in which the unconstitutionality of gay marriage bans were set in place by the Supreme Court’s ruling which struck down key components of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996.

Hatch said, “We have an excellent federal bench [in Utah]. Other federal judges down there might not have arrived at the same conclusion that these two have. But I think it’s a portent of the future that sooner or later gay marriage is probably going to be approved by the Supreme Court of the United States, certainly as the people in this country move towards it, especially young people.”

Hatch gives not to the growing trend towards acceptance shown in poll samples and also the growing number of people who are publicly supporting marriage equality, including celebrity figures and other high profile politicians. The senator says he is willing to accept whatever the courts say on the issue and that can only be seen as a good thing for gay couples in the state of Utah.