To be honest, nothing, really. I could end it right here, but I'll humor those who are honestly curious with a little clarification. Technically, a same-sex marriage is an unnecessary label used to describe a marriage between two people of the same sex. Simple right? Well no, not really.
The simple part is that the law does not technically distinguish between different types of marriage - nor should it! Love is love and marriage is marriage. Full stop. There's nothing special about a marriage if it is between a man and a woman or one between two of the same sex or gender. In fact, there's really nothing that defines marriage beyond that of a legal union between two legally competent persons. The law is silent on the matter.
So why, then, do we even use the label at all?
We do this now because those in same-sex relationships may not know whether we or other organizations work with clients of the LGBTQ+ community. While we believe everyone has a right to participate in the institution of marriage, we want to make sure it's clear that we welcome everyone with open arms. That said, we do not want to exploit anyone either, particularly those who are marginalized in society. So, while we believe there is no difference, we do believe it is important to underscore the distinction for the purpose of acknowledging our love and support.
We are proud to serve those in the LGBTQ+ community and encourage you to contact us directly if you have any questions or concerns.