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03/05/2012 11:19 am ET Updated Mar 05, 2012

Frank Kameny's Burial Postponed Due To Conflict Between Sole Heir And Charitable Group

WASHINGTON -- The burial of gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, who died last October, was scheduled to take place at Congressional Cemetery on Saturday.

But The Washington Blade reports that the burial was postponed at the last minute due to conflicts between the sole heir of Kameny's estate and the group that purchased Kameny's gravesite. The dispute reportedly concerns ownership rights over Kameny's gravesite.

Kameny's plot was purchased by the D.C.-based micro-charity Helping Our Brothers and Sisters, which also provided Kameny with financial assistance toward the end of his of his life.

Kameny left his entire estate, except for his papers, to 35-year-old Timothy Clark -- Clark was also authorized to manage the estate. He reportedly asked HOBS to grant Kameny's estate ownership rights in the gravesite. Burial of Kameny's ashes -- which have been split into two urns, one of which is to be buried, while Clark intends to keep the other -- have been held up while Clark and HOBS resolve this request, according to the Blade.

Clark, who discovered the longtime activist unconscious in October, lived with Kameny for some 19 years. Clark told the Blade Kameny was "like a grandfather to me."

Patrick Crowley, interim senior manager for Congressional Cemetery, told The Huffington Post on Monday morning that Kameny's burial has not yet been rescheduled.

"The estate and the folks who bought the plot have to resolve some differences," he said.

Kameny's headstone is already in place at Congressional Cemetery, along with a marker reading "Gay is Good," the iconic phrase Kameny coined in 1968.

RELATED VIDEO: Rachel Maddow on Frank Kameny, the day after Kameny's death.

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