Garden State Equality is saddened to report the passing of David Buckel, Esq., who dedicated himself tirelessly to the cause of equality for New Jersey's LGBT community. David was the lead attorney at Lambda Legal in the landmark New Jersey marriage equality lawsuit, Lewis v. Harris, and he argued the case before the state's Supreme Court. His advocacy resulted in the high court's 2006 ruling establishing that marriage rights and benefits must be provided equally to New Jersey committeed same-sex couples.
"David was a true hero for New Jersey's LGBT community and he worked tirelessly for our community's equality and access to justice," said Garden State Equality Board Member Tom Prol - Immediate Past President, NJ State Bar Association, who worked closely with Buckel as the organization's vice chair during the 2004-2006 Lewis v. Harris litigation. Prol continued, "He was a brilliant legal scholar and his passionate pursuit of LGBT rights serves as an inspiration to so many."
David Buckel life of advocacy also included serving as the lead attorney in a lawsuit involving transgender murder victim Branon Teena, whose gruesome hate-fueled killing inspired the 1999 movie, "Boys Don't Cry," starring Hilary Swank.
On behalf of Garden State Equality, we extend our sincere condolences to David's family and friends, and offer our gratitude for his dedication to the cause of equality and justice.