Student wins residency fight in gay marriage case


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Pointing to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision this year on same-sex marriage, a state appeals court Wednesday sided with a gay college student who sought to be classified as a Florida resident after getting married in 2013 in Massachusetts.

The case centered on student Gildas Dousset, who sought to qualify for in-state tuition at Florida Atlantic University after marrying a Florida resident.

The university turned down the request because Florida did not recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

Dousset took the issue to the 4th District Court of Appeal, which on Wednesday overturned the university's decision.

In a one-paragraph order, the appeals court cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that said same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry.

"In light of the recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States … we reverse the determination of the Residency Appeals Committee of Florida Atlantic University denying the appellant's (Dousset's) request for classification as a Florida resident based on his Massachusetts marriage to his same-sex spouse,'' the order said.