Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who last year endorsed gay marriage, said Wednesday that its legality is “inevitable.”

“I think it's inevitable. I think we're on a pathway,” Huntsman, a 2012 GOP president candidate, told reporters.

“That's my own personal opinion. It may not be the opinion of your duly elected officials. You have to defer to your duly elected officials to decide where they want to go on it,” he said.

Utah is one of three states which have asked the Supreme Court to review lower court rulings striking down state marriage bans. The other two states are Oklahoma and Virginia.

“[I have] already spoken out why I think it's the right thing to do, to recognize same-sex marriage,” he added. “But these things don't happen overnight. It's step-by-step and it's an evolution that, in this case, is taking us somewhere.”

Earlier this year, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, also a Republican, said “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.”