news is alarming, and it's unfortunate something like this happened to
two wonderful people and their son."
"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. "Two days after the case was filed, all of the plaintiffs received anonymous death threats in the mail that said, 'Die dyke.'"
neighborhood doesn't attract any trouble. Residents describe their neighborhood
as peaceful and quiet. It's a family oriented side of town. It even attracts
the college students. Many of the backyards are cluttered with playsets
and toys. It's where residents feel comfortable walking out to get the
morning paper without looking over their shoulder."
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an intruder broke into the house, started the fire from the inside, and
snuck out while the family slept. After waking to the smell of smoke,
the two women and their 22-month-old son escaped out a bedroom window.
None of them were hurt, but one of the women checked in to a hospital
briefly for smoke inhalation.
Please consider assisting the family pay costs associated with the fire and security measures.
Checks can be made payable to"Relief Fund"
P.O. Box 775, Helena, MT 59624.
Based on reports
from KPAX, the Advocate, and 365gay.com