Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said this week that gay marriage is “going to be the law of the land” and those who think otherwise need to wake up.
Hatch told Salt Lake City’s “Doug Wright Show” Wednesday that gay marriage is the direction the country is headed in.
“Lets face it,” he said. “Anybody that does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on ... 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.
“But I think it’s a portend of the future that sooner or later, gay marriage is probably going to be approved by the Supreme Court of the United States,” he added. “I don’t think that’s the right way to go. But on the other hand I do accept whatever the courts say.”
Utah’s gay marriage ban was invalidated in January. Hatch admitted he disagreed with Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling to overturn the ban, but still said Shelby is an excellent judge. Shelby was an Obama appointee, who Hatch both recommended and supported.
Hatch also lamented the fact that the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last summer.
However, in 2013, he voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that protects LGBT workers from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.