Obama: Marriage Equality Probably Won’t Be 2016 Issue

President Obama late Sunday predicted marriage equality probably won’t be an issue in the 2016 presidential race, saying the U.S. has “come too far” since the 2004 campaign.

“Tonight we live in an America where ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ is something that ‘don’t exist,’ ” he said to cheers and applause at the beginning of his remarks to a Democratic National Committee LGBT gala in New York, according to a reporter traveling with the president.

The president told the audience that cynics who said change is “too messy” have been proven wrong time after time.

Obama also said that 2016 Republican presidential candidates probably won’t use marriage equality as a wedge issue.

“Now, look, for some Americans, there’s no doubt that this change has been a whirlwind. And we believe that these changes have been for the better,” he said, adding that there are “still parts of the country that are getting there, but it’s going to take some time.”