The gay rights group, Love Makes A Family, has announced it will close at the end of the year.
Love Makes a Family played a major part in the campaign to legalize gay marriage in Connecticut. Executive Director Anne Stanback says now, it's time to move on.
"We are in this rare situation where we won and it is bittersweet because it has been such a wonderful movement to be a part of."
Love Makes a Family formed in 1999 to lobby for legislation that would allow gay couples to adopt. Its mission later grew into a statewide coalition supporting gay marriage. Their work was validated last November when the state Supreme Court ruled that civil unions were unconstitutional, securing the right for gay couples to marry in Connecticut.
Stanback says the group's members can now concentrate on other issues
"A really key one was the issue of youth. And we have a wonderful organization in True Colors, who will continue its work. Another one was health issues and certainly the lack of full equality facing transgendered people in this state."
While Love Makes a Family is closing its lobbying and educational arms by December, it will continue its political action committee to serve as a voice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community in the state.
As for Stanback, she's leaving her post as Executive Director in July. She says she plans on enjoying her time off before planning her next career.