Democrats said the idea for the bill came from Greenwich resident Tom Gallagher, a former parish trustee, devout Catholic, member of the Knights of Columbus and a Wall Street securities lawyer who wrote an op-ed article on the issue in The Stamford Advocate in January 2007. He is joined by Paul Lakeland, the chair of the Catholic studies department at the Jesuit-run Fairfield University and an often-quoted authority on church issues.
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