i actually get really annoyed when i see posts like this. yes of course these issues are definitely important but these all stem from the same issue— that our nation does not see homosexuals as equals (hence the violence, the family unrest, the inability to access healthcare that straight people who marry can access, green cards, taxbreaks, etc). Countries that allow homosexuals to marry have lower instances of the aforementioned problems too. it isn’t just about having a lawful, conventional relationship; it’s about having equality in the national public eye. please stop downplaying the importance of marriage equality i think it is extremely detrimental to LGBTQ rights as a whole. after all, it wasn’t just about a bus seat and it wasn’t just about a water fountain.