Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who opposes gay marriage, has predicted nationwide victory for supporters of marriage equality.

Hatch, a Republican and a member of the Mormon Church, created a firestorm of criticism in 2010 when he called on Republicans to emulate the tactics of gay rights activists in supporting Democratic candidates.

“Gays and lesbians don't pay tithing, their religion is politics,” Hatch said.

Last year, the 80-year-old Hatch said if the Supreme Court rules in favor of allowing gay couples to marry, “it opens a plethora of problems that the court will be forever trying to decide.”

Still, he has endorsed civil unions for gay couples.

Civil unions “could solve this problem without undermining the very basis of marital law in our country.”

On Wednesday, Hatch said the writing was on the wall.

“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 during an appearance on KSL Radio's Doug Wright Show. “There is a question whether [the courts] should be able to tell the states what they can or cannot do with something as important as marriage. But the trend right now in the courts is to permit gay marriage and anybody who doesn't admit that just isn't living in the real world.”