Democratic political strategist Richard Socarides believes Republicans will come around on gay marriage.

Socarides, who is best known for advising President Bill Clinton on gay rights, appeared Thursday night on cabler Current TV's Viewpoint.

He cheered the news that Democrats were moving forward on including a gay marriage plank in their official party platform.

“It's a very big moment, I think,” Socarides told host Eliot Spitzer. “A real milestone. Especially when you remember that eight years ago the Republicans placed these anti-gay ballot initiatives in several crucial swing states in an effort to take the election to President George W. Bush. Those anti-gay initiatives may have given the election to George Bush. And now, just eight years later, it has turned so dramatically that the Democrats may, by taking the other position, really help their chances.”

(Related: Democrats include gay marriage in draft party platform.)

“In eight years, and certainly in the not-too-distant future, this will not be an issue. The Republicans will have to come around,” he added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)