Is this the trainwreck Maggie Gallagher said was coming?
According to the Boston Globe, a man named Stephen Dunne “claims he failed the Massachusetts bar exam because he refused to answer a question about gay marriage [and] has filed a federal lawsuit, saying the test violated his rights and that his religious beliefs were targeted.”
Mr. Dunne was denied a license to practice law after scoring just below the 270 passing grade, apparently all because of a single question. He is seeking $9.75 million in damages.
Although civil marriage is an area of civil law, Mr. Dunne is offended by the requirement that he know about it.
He said the bar exam is not the place for questions about same-sex marriage.
David Yas, the editor of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, pronounced this idea “idiotic.”
“Knowing the law has nothing to do with agreeing with the law,” he said. Yas said if Dunne really believed the question was improper, he should “answer the question correctly, get your law degree and use it to argue for what you believe in.”
If this is not the definition of “special rights,” I don’t know what is. I really just don’t know what else to say.