Gay marriage by the numbers

The news: California’s ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8, went on trial in January. Behind the news: In Cook County, households with gay couples represent a small fraction of total households. A Chicago Reporter analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that nearly 11,000 Cook County households had a “householder” with a same-sex partner, constituting roughly 0.6 percent of the county’s nearly 2 million households. Danny Kopelson, director of communications and public affairs at Center on Halsted, a North Side organization providing services to the gay community, said that even if the number of people in same-sex relationships is relatively small, the gay community’s push for rights like marriage is still valid. “If everyone is so afraid of same-sex partnerships, and there are such a small number, why not just let it happen?”