George Will: ‘Opposition to Gay Marriage is Dying – It’s Old People’

By Pete Winn | December 10, 2012 | 11:27am EST

Syndicated columnist and ABC News commentator George Will (AP photo/ABC News)

( – Syndicated columnist George Will, appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” said opposition to same-sex marriage is “quite literally” dying, because opponents tend to be older Americans.

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

Will was discussing the decision last week by the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue of same-sex marriage in light of decisions in three states during the November election to create marriage for homosexuals.

“This decision by the Supreme Court came 31 days after an Election Day in which three states for the first time endorsed same-sex marriage at the ballot box, never happened before -- Maine, Maryland, and the state of Washington,” Will said.

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“Now, the question is, how will that influence the court? It could make them say, ‘It’s not necessary for us to go here.’ They don’t want to do what they did with abortion. The country was having a constructive accommodation on abortion, liberalizing abortion laws. The court yanked the subject out of democratic discourse and embittered the argument. They may say we don’t want to do that, we can just let the democracy take care of this.

“On the other hand, they could say it’s now safe to look at this because there is something like an emerging consensus. Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people.”

As has reported, the U.S. Supreme Court said late Friday afternoon that it will hear two cases – Hollingsworth v. Perry and Windsor v. United States -- challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and challenging whether a homosexual federal judge was right to overturn California’s Proposition 8 definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

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