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Relationship Recognition

Case: Dousset v. Florida Atlantic University

STATUS: Pending, 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 argues 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 live 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. Dousset is represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and The Law Offices of George Castrataro, PA.



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