Besides, in the real world, marriage comes with a slew of benefits and obligations. Whether we think marriage SHOULD is a moot point. The question is whether SS couples should have access to these benefits, and obligations, or whether to reserve them for straight couples. The courts have repeatedly ruled straight couples DO have a RIGHT to marry. All the current cases do is find there is no compelling reason to deny these 'rights' to SS couples and therefore overturned bans on SSM.