I get that even for American citizens, not all are treated equally. I am a pilot. If you are not licensed as I am, it is totally illegal for you to fly any airplane. So much for all are equal by law. If you have a fishing license, since I never at any time purchase one, you can legally fish. In this, you are equal to those with licenses but do you want me to snivel that I can't legally fish? Probably not. The act of marriage takes place post the obtaining of the marriage license. Until some states stated homosexuals can use the same license and the same term .... to wit: marriage, states simply never agreed to license homosexuals. Rail at me all damned day if you are of a mind, but I happen to understand law and how it works.