With the state Legislature preparing to go into special session in October to consider a gay marriage bill, it is interesting to look back at how many couples have taken advantage of the civil unions law that took effect in January 2012.
According to the state Department of Health, there were 730 civil unions in 2012, with the most -- 116 -- coming in January, the first month civil unions were available. There were 23,723 marriages in 2012.
From January through May of this year, according to the department, there were 186 civil unions. There were 8,790 marriages.