Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in a Wednesday radio interview that gay marriage is likely to become the "law of the land" and that anyone who doesn't see that happening has not been attuned to recent events.

"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," Hatch said on KSL radio's "The Doug Wright Show."

Hatch opposes gay marriage. But he said he is convinced that the Supreme Court will make a sweeping ruling in its favor.

"I think it's a portent of the future that sooner or later, gay marriage is probably going to be approved by the Supreme Court of the United States," he said. "I don't think that's the right way to go. But on the other hand I do accept whatever the courts say."