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Karl Rove, Peggy Noonan explain why Supreme Court might leave gay marriage issue to states [VIDEO]

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Jeff Poor
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On Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan and former Bush White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove explained why the looming Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage might not legalize the practice nationally.

“Americans don’t take it well — and don’t accept it as a resolution — when their black-robed masters in Washington decide to put on them what they decide is the right thing,” Noonan said. “One of the great sins of Roe v. Wade, the abortion decision of 40 years ago, was it that it decided everybody has to do it one way, instead of leaving it to the states.”

After saying it’s possible a future Republican presidential candidate will openly support gay marriage, Rove said the Supreme Court’s decision might be a surprise for precisely that reason.

“I’m interested in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Rove said. “She has had comments in the past about Roe v. Wade, which Peggy mentioned that said in essence it went too far — too far, too fast, and we maybe should not have imposed one national view from the Court. What we may see is a decision here that in essence has not a 5-4 decision, but a 6-3, 7-2 that says leave it up to the states. In fact, we could see an 8-1.”

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