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Columnist George Will says ‘opposition to gay marriage is dying’

Columnist George Will says ‘opposition to gay marriage is dying’

George Will, a noted columnist for the Washington Post, went on a Sunday news program and pointed to the stark numbers game in the battle for gay marriage.

In a round table discussion on the ABC News show This Week, Will noted when it comes to gay marriage, older voters tend to disapprove.

‘There is something like an emerging consensus,’ Will said. ‘Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying.  It’s old people.’

A recent Pew Research poll noted  gay marriage has a slight support edge in the US with 48 percent for and 43 against. A late April Pew survey noticed that since 2004 ‘there has been a broad-based decline in opposition – including strong opposition –to gay marriage,’ especially in those 30 or younger.

Republican operative Mary Matalin, also part of the This Week conversation, is worried about other trends not connected to gay nuptials polling numbers.

‘There are important constitutional, biological, theological, ontological questions relative to homosexual marriage, but people who live in the real world say the greatest threat to civil order is heterosexuals who don’t get married and are making babies,’ Matalin said. ‘That’s an epidemic in crisis proportions. That is irrefutably more problematic for our culture than homosexuals getting married.’

As for what the nation’s highest court will decide, ABC News’ Matthew Dowd thinks the justices have two paths.

‘To me, the consensus has already emerged on this issue,’  Dowd said. ‘It’s just a question of … is the Supreme Court going to catch up and follow that wind of the pack, or get ahead of it or put a block in the path of it?’

Below is a This Week clip of Will: