Gay student appeals after being denied tuition

By Joy Purdy, 5:30, 6:30 and 11 p.m. anchor, jpurdy@wjxt.com
Published On: May 14 2014 10:33:28 PM EDT
Updated On: May 14 2014 10:33:44 PM EDT
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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.
   
Gildas Dousse 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.

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