I have been richly blessed in life. I have a spouse that I adore, children that I adore, and a job to provide for us. However like many gays I have had my marriage recognized ony in a handful of states.
Our relationship has been unrecognized at the federal level, meaning that should I predecease my wife she would not be eligible to the higher spousal social security benefits that could come to a hetero survivor. Tax season has been a huge nightmare because I have to file so complexly. (single head of households on 2 federal forms, married filing jointly on our state form.) In the larger sense in society, despite our state recognition of our commitment, we have been "less than." I even pay a special tax on my health insurance at present because of the fact that at a federal level our marriage was not recognized.
Today, that difference was obliterated. I am nearly speechless with joy.