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Relationship Recognition

Case: Dousset v. Florida Atlantic University

STATUS: Victory, Florida

On May 14, 2014, Gildas Dousset, a student at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, filed an appeal in state court seeking recognition of his marriage to his husband. The appeal argued that Florida’s laws barring recognition of the valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples violate the United States Constitution.

Dousset and his spouse legally married in Massachusetts in 2013 and lived together in Fort Lauderdale. When Dousset sought in-state tuition at Florida Atlantic University based on his marriage, the school refused to respect the couple’s legal marriage, citing Florida’s discriminatory laws. On September 16, 2015, the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal issued a unanimous decision reversing Florida Atlantic University’s denial of Dousset’s request for in-state tuition and ruling that the university should have recognized his marriage.

Dousset was represented in the appeal by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and The Law Offices of George Castrataro, PA.




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