Lawyer sets himself on fire to protest climate change

David Buckle at the New York composting centre that became his passion

Buckel was marriage project director for Lambda Legal, and in that position he persuaded the organization to file a suit for marriage rights in Iowa in 2005, "at a time when only MA permitted same-sex couples to marry", noted a statement released by Camilla Taylor, the group's director of constitutional litigation and acting legal director.

'A lifetime of service may best be preserved by giving a life...

It's a tragic shame that Buckel's life ended in such a way, knowing all the good he could have done for the world if he were still alive.

The two notes were found inside a garbage bag inside a shopping cart near his body.

Buckel acted as lead counsel on behalf of the family of Brandon Teena, a transgender Nebraska man raped and murdered in 1993.

On Saturday morning, New Yorkers in Prospect Park came across a horrific sight.

The case was made famous in the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry", for which Hillary Swank won an Oscar for portraying Teena.

Mr Buckel wanted his death to lead to increased action, according to the suicide note.

In the note, Buckel referenced the Tibetan monk protesters who set themselves on fire in protest the Chinese occupation in Tibet, arguably an image that has captured resistance and protests more powerfully than any other.

Police pronounced Buckel dead at 6.30am.

Some of his other more prolific cases include arguing against the Boys Scouts of America's ban on homosexual members, fighting for the creation of an LGBTQ club at a high school in Utah and helping a Pennsylvania woman win a lawsuit over being allowed to put "beloved life partner" as an epitaph over her deceased partner.

He said that privilege comes with the suffering of others.

Buckle, 60, a nationally recognized lawyer due to his fight for gay rights died after having set himself on fire as a way to protest.

Buckel ran the NYC Composting Project out of Red Hook Community Farm. And he spearheaded a federal case where a court ruled schools are obligated to prevent the bullying of gay students, Camilla Taylor, acting legal director at Lambda Legal, told the Times.

Lambda Legal also highlighted key successes of Buckel's legal career, such as the unanimous ruling in 2009 by the Iowa Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriage - making the Midwest state only the third American state to recognize this right at the time of the decision.

Sommer added, "He was a very smart and methodical lawyer". David was a attractive human being who was universally kind to everyone at Lambda Legal, committed to his clients, and devoted to our work'.

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