Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT): ‘Gay Marriage is Going to Be the Law of the Land’

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was interviewed on KSL' Radio's Doug Wright Show today and said that it's certain the United States will adopt marriage equality, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

HatchSaid Hatch:

"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."

Hatch, who supports a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, says he's not surprised by the recent rulings in favor of it:

"How do you blame the judge for deciding a case in accordance with what the Supreme Court has already articulated?"

He added:

"Sooner or later gay marriage is probably going to be approved by the Supreme Court of the United States, and certainly as the people in this country move toward it, especially young people. I don't think that's the right way to go, on the other hand, I do accept whatever the courts have to say."

(Mormon heads explode).


  1. Leroy Laflamme says

    Yet they’ll still go ahead & spend millions fighting it. A fool & his money are soon parted.

  2. Edd says

    I said it then and I’ll say it until the day I die, marriage equality is not something that should be up for a vote!!

  3. simon says

    What he did not say directly is that the GOP is going to evolve on this issue. Perhaps not his generation. Or may be the SCOTUS will go there first. Who knows.

  4. pete n sfo says

    Gosh, Sen Hatch… how can SOoooo many educated, legal scholars, & courts totally miss what seems so clear to you and your ilk?

    One bad flu season is all it will take for the consensus of this nation to change. Better get your flu shot, you f’n dinosaur.

  5. woodroad34 says

    @LEROY LAFLAMME that’s precisely why Republicans are not the keepers of fiscal responsibility…they go for fiscal irresponsibility, short-term gains, smoke and mirrors math and cult of personality fiduciary. Every time–in recent history–a Republican president is in power, we have a recession afterwards (monumental in the Bush admin) and any short-term gains that were had are lost after that administration.

  6. woodroad34 says

    At least he’s realistic, albeit with a failed morality zing attached to his concession. It’s the kind of last gasp that reminds me of Walter Brennan’s speech from “To Have and Have Not”: Have *You* Ever Been Bit By a Dead Bee?

    Hatch/NOM/Bryan Brown/Bryan Fischer, et al are dead bees still trying to sting.

  7. QJ201 says

    Another interpretation….

    A senior republican is basically saying to the party base, face it we lost.

  8. simon says

    Another interpretation….

    A senior republican is basically saying to Rick/Gary, wake up.

  9. jed says

    i don’t like him in my gut but, emotions aside, i applaud him for respecting the role of the judicial branch as one of three EQUAL branches of government in the USA. no whining about “activist judges” usurping the legislative function.

  10. steve talbert says

    Courts are the third AND EQUAL branch of US government. Decision by court is EQUAL to votes by citizens and any laws passed by senators

  11. Gary says

    They didn’t lose. Gay people lost. What will appear to be more freedom, will actually be less. Watch.

  12. simon says

    Your statement appears to be so deep and actually so empty. What is “More is actually less”. Now that is a logical fallacy. And then “winning is actually losing.” What are you smoking?

  13. says

    Exactly, Edd! I have been saying for years, that it doesn’t Matter what Anyone ‘thinks,’ ‘feels,’ or ‘believes’…there is only One Definition of ‘Equal!’
    NO ONE should be allowed to Vote to Deny anyone else Equal Rights! They have already been established in our Constitution and Bill of Rights and Must Be Accepted and Followed!
    We’re getting there…


  14. Tranny Carrera says

    Old hatch may be a republican, but ive always liked him – because he’s not a rabid ingrate, but because of the things he says which are rational and pragmatic.

  15. Mike says

    Someone should point out to him that when the courts laid down the law on racial civil rights issues they were telling “the states what they can or cannot do with something as important as” defining humanity.

  16. says

    Say what you want about this guy but I wish more of the opposition would just accept this as truth. Accept that it’s going to happen and just stop wasting your time and resources fighting it.

  17. TKinSC says

    How many gay “marriages” took place in Utah in the past 4 months, Sen. Hatch?

    None? But I thought a court… oh, a stay? Which court issued the stay?

    Haha, for a second there I thought you said the U.S. Supreme Court, but we both know that’s not right, because they’re going to say 50 state gay “marriage”, right? So, try again. Which court issued the stay?

    Okay, it was funny the first time, but now it’s just old. Either some other court issued the stay, or the Supreme Court is going to allow states to continue to ban gay “marriage”. Which is it, Orrin?

  18. Jason says

    Hatch is probably one of the more reasonable senate Republicans left, and he’s saying reasonable things… given that he represents UTAH in a very divided congress, this is probably about as far as he could go.