Lesbian Couple's House Torched, Insurance Company Refuses to Act on Claim

Tennessee residents Carol Ann and Laura Stutte returned to their home after having left town to celebrate their anniversary only to find that their dream home had been torched.

Change.org has the details:

Despite numerous police reports documenting a neighbor that had threatened to burn down their home and who repeatedly told them the "...only thing better than one dead queer was two dead queers..." no arrests have been made.

The Stutte home had no gas service and was all electric. Even with witness reports of two explosions and a fireball that could be seen above the treeline, that all waterhoses on the property had been cut and that "QUEER" had been painted on their garage the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Tennesse Bureau of Investigation and FBI have yet to rule the fire as an arson.

And it gets worse. Mike Jones writes for Change.org:

Nearly six months have gone by, and no one has been arrested for the crime. Moreover, the FBI won't confirm or deny whether they're investigating the incident as a hate crime. And to top it all off, the Stutte's insurance company, American National Property and Casualty (ANPC), has not processed the couple's claim on their house, despite the fact that the Stutte's ANPC policy guarantees coverage of living expenses for up to 24 months after a disaster like having your house burned to the ground by an arsonist.


The couple has also filed a lawsuit directed at the person who they think burned their house to the ground -- their former neighbor, Janice Millsaps. In the complaint, the Stuttes document a history of homophobic taunts and threats by Millsaps that are quite disturbing.

Hopefully a court of law will find the appropriate person guilty of arson, but in the meantime, you can help the Stutte's by demanding that their insurance company actually pay up.

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AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at February 28, 2011, 11:43am

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