Liz Erk (lizerk) wrote,
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I would think attempted murder was applicable to what that Baptist "Burning in Hell" Pamphlet describes as "Breaking God's Law," ne?

Montana lesbian couple ousted by arson

February 9, 2002 Posted: 6:39 AM EST (1139 GMT)

MISSOULA, Montana (AP) -- Just days after a lesbian couple had been named as lead plaintiffs in a discrimination lawsuit against the Montana university system, their house was set on fire.

Carla Grayson and Adrianne Neff escaped the early Friday morning blaze with their infant child through a window. They were not seriously injured.

Police Capt. Bob Reid said it appeared the intruder broke into the home and poured flammable liquid through much of its interior, then set it on fire. The house was gutted.

"Whoever set this fire did not intend to simply frighten or intimidate this family. They meant to kill them," said Matt Coles, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian and Gay Rights Project.

The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of gay and lesbian employees who claim the state university system violates their rights by denying their partners health insurance and other benefits.

The ACLU said the women, along with other plaintiffs in the lawsuit, received death threats by mail after the suit was filed. On Wednesday, Neff and Grayson received a threatening, powder-filled letter in the mail. Test results were not known as of Friday.

Grayson and Neff could not be located for comment.

Grayson is a psychology professor at the University of Montana in Missoula. Her name, as well as Neff's, had appeared in newspaper articles about the lawsuit.

"We just really hope that the campus and the Missoula community respond and say this kind of thing is unacceptable," said Rita Munzenrider, a spokeswoman for the university.

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