A group that advocated for gay marriage
in Connecticut has decided to close shop at the end of this year.
The lobby group Love Makes a Family
played a major role in the state's gay marriage debate. A right
secured last year when the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in favor
of proponents. Leaders say they want to end their lobbying on a high
“With GLAD's victory in the Kerrigan
Supreme Court decision and with the knowledge that same-sex couples'
right to marry is secure, we can officially close our doors at the
end of the year,” said Executive Director Anne Stanback in a
A 2003 gay marriage ruling in
Massachusetts, the only other state where the practice is legal, gave
rise to a divisive effort to overturn the ruling by placing a gay
marriage ban in the state's constitution. Eventually it failed and
the state will celebrate five years of gay nuptials in May.
Opposition in Connecticut, however, has
remained low key. Lawmakers who disagree with the decision have
pledged to abide by it.
Other states that have ruled on gay
marriage include Vermont, where lawmakers approved civil unions for
gay and lesbian couples in 2000 (and appear likely to green light
marriage this legislative session), and Hawaii and California, where
voter initiatives reversed gay victories. A forthcoming decision in
Iowa is expected to launch a heated debate on the issue.
Love Makes a Family was formed in
Hartford, the state's Capital, a decade ago to lobby in favor of
legislation that allows gay and lesbian couples to legally adopt in
Connecticut. It later grew to become a leading voice in the gay