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Right to marriage is settled — for everyone

From the cold and unemotional view of the state, marriage is simply a contract between two people. Both willingly consent to the arrangement, and enforcement of the pact carries with it the full weight of the law.

That was essentially the argument of the U.S. Supreme Court last year. Set aside the soaring, flowery language of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion and one finds a straightforward argument about the constitutional protections that every American has a right to enjoy.