Gildas Dousset, Paul Rubio: Male couple sues FAU over in-state tuition, same-sex marriage

Male couple married in Massachusetts

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A male student at Florida Atlantic University is suing the school because it refuses to recognize his marriage to another man.

Gildas Dousset asked for in-state tuition rates because his husband, Paul Rubio, is a longtime Florida resident.

The two were legally married last year in Massachusetts, which allows same sex marriage, but Florida does not. Dousset's suit claims that policy violates the U.S. Constitution.

“It hurt. It was insulting. It was highly discriminative.  I couldn’t believe it.  I showed up at the registrar's office that day feeling very confident that it wouldn’t be any issue,” said Dousset.

"We thought there must be a mistake, so we went back together to hear it with my own ears.  And I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” said Rubio.  “We went back a third time because they didn’t even want to accept our application, which required a marriage certificate, which they did not want to accept as a marriage certificate."

FAU issued the following statement:

The lawsuit challenges Florida statute 741.212 that was signed into law in 1997. It requires that no state agency, including state universities, can recognize same-sex marriages. This includes recognition for the purposes of in-state tuition as outlined by Florida law. Florida Atlantic University, and every Florida state college and university, is bound to follow all the laws of the State of Florida unless they are deemed unconstitutional by the court.

It is our understanding that this law is being challenged in courts throughout the state, and there is no allegation that FAU misapplied the law or did anything other than what is specifically required by the laws of the state.

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