All that freaking out a few years ago about gay marriage being made legal in Massachusetts, and a grand total of 148
same sex couples wed the first two months of 2005 according to this
article. That's in a state with almost 6.5 million people.
As I had foreseen back when radio pundits in the area where predicting some fabulous new cottage industry about to spring up around gay weddings, such weddings have in fact barely even registered a blip on the state's marriage radar screen (or any other radar screen), and yet had half the country all riled up. A lot of pundits and regular folk even cited it as a major reason Bush got enough votes to win the last election.
Ironic, and probably also a rather sad reflection on gay relationships (at least in MA). I know, not everyone in the GLBT community 'buys into' the notion of marriage, but still, it's a ridiculously low percentage of the population.
I guess it's completely consistent with our country's frequent expenditure of hugely disproportionate amounts of energy on a wide variety of issues, like celebrity trials, or missing persons cases that are televised ad infinitum.