A Boston man who
claimed he failed the Massachusetts bar exam because of
his refusal to answer a question about same-sex marriage has
dropped his case in federal court.
Stephen Dunne, a
graduate of the New England School of Law, called for
the question not to be counted toward his score and for it
to never be placed on future tests. He said the
question violated his Irish Catholic beliefs and First
Amendment rights, according to the Boston Herald.
Dunne said he
would not pursue the suit because a subsequent exam did not
include what he called the "patently offensive and
morally repugnant" same-sex marriage question.
According to the Herald, he characterized that as a
corrective action by the board.
The exam question
read: "Yesterday, Jane got drunk and hit (her spouse)
Mary with a baseball bat, breaking Mary's leg, when
she learned that Mary was having an affair with Lisa.
As a result, Mary decided to end her marriage with
Jane in order to live in her house with (children) Philip
(and) Charles and Lisa. What are the rights of Mary and
representing the Massachusetts bar said that the bar will
not strike questions pertaining to same-sex marriage,
which is legal in the state, on future exams.