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

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The eviction notice against was filed four days before high-ranking leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a campaign calling for state lawmakers around the country to craft laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from housing discrimination while also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs.

That led the Utah legislature to pass a landmark bill that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation when it comes to housing or employment. Religious groups and organizations are exempt from the requirement, which includes BYU housing.

But even before the new law, students who signed up to live in apartment complexes contracted by BYU agreed to abide by the honor code and other rules or risk facing consequences, Jenkins said.

When White was allegedly assaulted, BYU was notified and opened an investigation that is now complete, Jenkins said. But the school is not disclosing the findings due to confidentially concerns.

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White was a student when the incident occurred in January but is no longer enrolled, she said. He was not expelled for honor code violations, meaning he likely withdrew on his own, she said.

His lawsuit says he has suffered emotional stress and struggled so much in classes that he’ll need to repeat the semester to get caught up.

He is seeking $101,000 in damages for the financial losses and emotional trauma.

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