Prominent Homosexual Rights Attorney Sets Himself on Fire in Environmental Protest Suicide

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Attorney David S. Buckel makes arguments in favor of gay marriage, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, during oral arguments seeking marriage for same sex couples at the New Jersey Supreme Court in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Jose F. Moreno, Pool)

A prominent gay rights attorney who led lawsuits legalizing same-sex marriage set himself on fire in Brooklyn on Saturday morning in a fatal plea for action on issues related to the environment.

The body of David S. Buckel, 60, was found near Prospect Park’s baseball fields about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday after a passerby reported a severely burned individual, the New York Police Department said.

“I am David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide,” read a handwritten suicide note, according to the New York Daily News. “I apologize to you for the mess.”

Another note found near his body, which was also emailed to local news outlets, said his self-immolation was a call to action, according to The New York Times.

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