The headline value of the Obergefell v. Hodges decision issued June 26th is that same sex couples may get married in any state and be recognized as a legal married unit.
But what exactly is a right to marriage? And what is a "right"?
The classic meaning of a right is something which is inherent in one's existence and - and this is crucial - imposes no burden or duty on another.
A marriage requires a unit. There may be a right to marry by a unit, of more than one person, but then the right is held and exercisable only by the couple. The individual cannot exercise the right without first achieving the membership in or admission to a couple. So how is there an individual right to marry when the ability to marry requires becoming a couple and finding a willing partner?