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1. “Why in the world would you expand that system if you’re not enforcing the law that exists today to include private transfers [for background checks]? So I think that legislation is going nowhere, but I’d like to have a robust debate about improving the system.”

2. “Oh, I think that’s inevitable [that the GOP will someday nominate a candidate for president who supports gay marriage]. There will be one and that I think he’ll receive Republican support, or she will.”

3. “But if [gay-marriage advocates] want to in California, right now they could back and put up Prop 8.2, legalizing same-sex marriage and it would probably pass. It is a lot more meaningful and profound to kind of adjudicate divisive social issues by voters and legislators, not unelected justices, and I think that it’s going to be more lasting political change if you do it at the ballot box. It also means you’re not going to have this huge backlash and . . . I don’t think the court is going in the direction of legalizing same-sex marriage on the national constitutional basis.”

4. “I mean, you can go down the lists of Democrats who are running for reelection, who are up for reelection in 2014, who are not supportive of anything beyond background checks. Max Baucus from Montana, Mary Landrieu from Louisiana, et cetera. So, the president is talking a lot. You know, his event at the White House was a big moment. He’s going to out on the stump this week to talk about this as well. But, behind the scenes, they realized that the assault-weapons ban and other things are nonstarters for Democrats.”

5. “More and more you are seeing Republicans are finding it easier to make the conservative argument for gay marriage than they are to make the conservative case against gay marriage.”

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