Today’s Lady News: FBI Had Been Warned About Abortion Doctor Killer
- One month before late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was murdered by an anti-choice extremist, the FBI in Kansas City received an anonymous letter warning them that Scott Roeder posed a physical threat to abortion providers. The FBI said they didn’t heed the letter as a credible threat, apparently because the letter writer was involved in a custody battle with Roeder. [The Wichita Eagle]
- In a heinous act of domestic violence, a man in Queens, New York City, doused his ex-girlfriend in gasoline and set her on fire in her apartment. Khenan Clarke also set a fire in the stairwell of Latisha Shaw’s apartment, trapping her and her two sons inside. Firefighters put the blaze on Shaw out, and her two sons were treated for smoke inhalation. [New York Daily News]
- America’s largest chain of gay and lesbian newspapers, including the Washington Blade, announced today it will cease printing. [AP]
- Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, issued two men a marriage license today. It’s the first time a gay couple has gotten married since a judge ruled the ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Since the mayor of Buenos Aires publicly stated he wouldn’t appeal the gay marriage certificate, same-sex marriage proponents say this may mean other gay couples can follow suit. [AP]
- Police in London have charged a 21-year-old man with the murder of Destiny Lauren, 29, a trans woman and alleged sex worker. [Pink News UK]—No word yet on whether Lauren was killed for being trans, but it’s not a far-fetched idea.