Gay Couple Sues Univ. Over Housing

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March 11, 2008


"A gay couple is suing the University of Hawaii for not allowing them to return to the student family housing area after living there last year.

"Joseph O'Leary and Phi Ngo said Monday that living in an off-campus apartment has cost them extra money in rent, transportation and food.

"The school informed them that they were denied family housing this year because state law does not recognize same-sex marriage.

"...Their case is being supported by gay civil rights group Lambda Legal, which noted that the university grants benefits for professors in same-sex relationships.

"'The university had no problem with Joe and Phi living in family housing last year,' said Brian Chase, senior attorney for Lambda Legal. 'It makes no sense for the university to suddenly decide to discriminate against them just because they are gay.'"