Republican political strategist Mary Matalin appears to have softened her opposition to gay marriage.

Appearing Sunday on ABC's This Week, Matalin, who has previously defended so-called traditional marriage, argued that growing support for marriage equality is a matter of “common sense.”

“Forty eight percent now support gay marriage in the country,” host George Stephanopoulos commented.

“Well, because Americans have common sense. There are important constitutional, biological, theological, ontological questions relative to homosexual marriage. People who live in the real world say the greater threat to the civil order is heterosexuals who don't get married and are making babies. That's an epidemic in crisis proportions. That is irrefutably more problematic for our culture than homosexuals getting married. I find this important dancing on the head of a pin argument, but in real life, looking down 30 years from now, real people understand the consequences of so many babies being born out of wedlock to the economy and to the morality of the country,” she said. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Another conservative on the panel, columnist George Will, noted there “is something like an emerging consensus” on the issue.

“Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying: It's old people,” he said.