The same lesbian Tennessee couple who sued a neighbor they suspect burned down their home and defaced it with anti-gay slurs back in September 2010 are now facing a law suit of their own. Carol Ann and Laura Stutte received word that their insurance company, American National Property and Casualty Company is accusing them of intentionally starting the fire, despite the case still being under investigation by local authorities and the FBI.
PFLAG member and attorney David Massey is taking up the case, claiming that the insurance company is looking to avoid being responsible for the couple's settlement of $880,000:
My reaction to the lawsuit is that this is an insurance company that declined to pay their claim and is looking for a way to get out of paying the claim. I don't know what kind of evidence they claim to have, but whatever it is, I wouldn't believe it, because I believe them, I believe in them, I believe in their integrity, and all of us in PFLAG believe that they are the victims.
Ann and Stutte claim that their neighbor in suspect had harassed them over a five-year period before the fire.
Check out this news report from WBIR: