This shouldn’t really come as a surprise … one month after Rhode Island introduced civil unions rather than full marriage (trailing New York on both the time and equality clocks), no-one is much interested.
And why would they be, when you can potter up the road north or south and get the real deal?
I am glad the nine couples in their new unions have some enhanced protections, but I think the numbers speak for themselves. A halfway house is often a nowhere house, and people are obviously voting with their feet.
(And, by the way, you can now get marriage in more US jurisdictions than those left to settle for a civil union.)