Activist says Connecticut played role in Supreme Court decision allowing gay couples to marry

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HARTFORD, Connecticut — A veteran gay rights activist is crediting Connecticut with playing "a very important role" in Friday's Supreme Court decision making gay marriage legal across the U.S.

Anne Stanback, the founder and former executive director of Love Makes A Family, said Connecticut was the second state that "won and secured and maintained marriage for same-sex couples" at a time the movement had suffered some political losses.

Stanback said Connecticut was "important in keeping the momentum going."

Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the socially conservative Family Institute, disagrees. He said Connecticut same-sex marriage activists "missed their chance to make history" when it took a 2008 Connecticut Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage instead of legislative action.

He credits his organization with winning approval of a state exemption for religious organizations.

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