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Fla. student denied in-state tuition, seeks recognition of his same-sex marriage

Fla. student denied in-state tuition, seeks recognition of his same-sex marriage

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A South Florida college student is asking an appellate court to recognize his same-sex marriage after he says he was denied in-state tuition.

Florida-Atlantic-UniversityGildas Dousset filed an appeal in state court Wednesday, which alleges Florida’s laws barring recognition of valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples are unconstitutional.

Dousset is a student at Florida Atlantic University. He and his spouse legally married in Massachusetts in 2013. Dousset applied for in-state tuition as the spouse of a long-time Florida resident, but says he was turned down because the school refused to recognize his marriage.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is handling Dousset’s case.

Doussett said in a statement, “I would like my marriage to be recognized just as other students’ marriages are.”

FAU officials did not immediately comment.

Read the appeal here; follow this case: Dousset v. Florida Atlantic University.

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