Former-BYU student says he was evicted from apartment over same-sex attraction

The Village at South Campus in Provo, Utah. BRADY McCOMBS [ap]

The Village at South Campus in Provo, Utah.

The Village at South Campus in Provo, Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY — A former Brigham Young University student has sued a university-contracted apartment complex that he says evicted him after he told his roommates he was attracted to men.

Andrew David White’s civil lawsuit filed last week says he was physically assaulted in January by his roommates after they came to believe he was gay and kicked him out of their apartment.

White is suing Lance Freeman, manager at The Village at South Campus in Provo, accusing him of orchestrating his eviction shortly after that incident. He also sued the company that runs the complex, Peak Joaquin Holdings.

An eviction notice included in the lawsuit says White violated BYU’s honor code but doesn’t specify which part. The honor code is signed by all BYU students, requiring them to follow a set or rules set by the Mormon-owned university including no premarital sex, alcohol consumption and tattoos, among other things.

Simply expressing a same-sex attraction is not considered an honor code violation, but acting on it would be, said BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins, speaking generally and not specifically about White’s case.

The eviction notice also says White violated lease policies, residential living standards and the “quiet enjoyment of other residents.”

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White’s attorney, Daniel Ybarra, declined to elaborate or discuss the lawsuit because he doesn’t want to jeopardize settlement negotiations he’s having with attorneys for Peak Joaquin Holdings.

Messages left for Freeman were not immediately returned. No attorneys are listed for Peak Joaquin Holdings in court filings.

The Salt Lake Tribune first reported the lawsuit. (http://bit.ly/1Cs3ek2)

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