Utah man sues over alleged same-sex marriage discrimination

Eagle Gate College

Eagle Gate College

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man says the college where he worked discriminated against him because he was in a same-sex marriage, denying the couple benefits and forcing him out of a job.

Dustin Kennedy says in a new lawsuit that an administrator at the Salt Lake City-based Eagle Gate College acknowledged that the couple could have gotten benefits if they were heterosexual.

Eagle Gate lawyer Christopher Snow says the school’s insurance company barred it from offering benefits to the couple because gay marriage wasn’t legal when Kennedy worked there between 2007 and 2011.

Kennedy says he has also filed a complaint against the for-profit college with the state.

Utah’s new law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation went into effect in May, and officials say they’ve had three complaints since then.

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