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Gay rights attorney sets himself on fire in suicide protest

Prominent gay rights attorney David S. Buckel emailed local news outlets, prior to his death, saying his "early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves." (Source: NEWS 12 NEW JERSEY/CNN) Prominent gay rights attorney David S. Buckel emailed local news outlets, prior to his death, saying his "early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves." (Source: NEWS 12 NEW JERSEY/CNN)

NEW YORK (NEWS 12 NEW JERSEY/CNN) - Prominent gay rights attorney David S. Buckel killed himself on Saturday morning in a fatal plea for action on environmental issues.

The 60-year-old's body was found near the baseball fields at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

New York police say he set himself on fire.

Buckel led lawsuits legalizing same-sex marriage but recently turned his energies to environmental causes.

He left a handwritten suicide note saying he killed himself as a "protest suicide."

Buckel also emailed local news outlets saying his "early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves."

Buckel was known for directing major same-sex marriage cases in Iowa and New Jersey.

He also worked on a lawsuit on behalf of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was raped and murdered in Nebraska, in 1993.

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