before today’s supreme court ruling, same sex couples were denied two thousand different rights in the us. these ranged from small, simple things to massive issues like visitation rights in hospitals, death benefits, etc. even if same-sex marriage was legal in the state you lived in, there were still between eight hundred to twelve hundred different rights denied to same sex couples on a federal level. and, taking my earlier example, a hospital in a same-sex marriage legal state could deny visitation due to the fact that the couple’s marriage wasn’t federally recognized. marriage equality isn’t a “safe” issues, marriage equality is a seriously important issue that protects millions of people of various sexual orientations. and since this is a supreme court decision, anyone who attempts to deny a same sex couple their right to marry will be violating the united states constitution which is the legal equivalent of stabbing a judge in the face while standing in front of a cop while a news reporter is recording you.
before today, gay/bi/ace/pan/etc people who wanted to marry someone of their gender were second class citizens in the us. now they’re equal.