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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says it's obvious that gay marriage will become legal across the country sooner or later.

Hatch said people who can't see what's happening aren't living in the real world. He made the remarks Wednesday on KSL-Radio's Doug Wright Show.

Hatch said he doesn't agree with the rulings, but defended two Utah judges that recently made pro-gay marriage decisions. He added that Robert Shelby and Dale Kimball are both excellent federal judges.

The seven-term Republican senator has been a proponent of keeping marriage exclusively for a man and a woman.

He said he doesn't think the flood of pro-gay marriage rulings is the right way to go, but said he accepts what the courts decide. He also predicted the Supreme Court would take a gay marriage case in 2015.

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