An Unanticipated Benefit of Massachusetts' Legalization of Gay Marriage


Apparently it's preventing monkey idiots from obtaining law licenses. Yes, a Massachusetts would-be lawyer is suing the Board of Bar Examiners -- to the tune of just under ten million dollars -- for trying to force him to accept gay marriage.

Here's the money shot:

Dunne claims his score of 268.866 on the November 2006 bar exam just missed the passing score of 270 points because he didn't follow the proscribed format for an unlawful question about gay marriage. Dunne said the question required applicants to "affirmatively accept, support and promote homosexual marriage and homosexual parenting." Dunne claims the defendants violated his First Amendment right to exercise his religion and violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. He also claims their actions impose illegal state regulations on interstate commerce.

Actuially, there's clearly a but-for causation problem with this guy's complaint. Something tells me he didn't do too well on the Con Law questions, either.


I can't believe I'm asking this question on IFTL, but what's a but-for?

Wow. What I can't believe is how long it took the rest of us to get there.

Generally every time "but-for causation" was mentioned in any of my law school classes I stifled the urge to raise my hand and ask that question. I probably should have, maybe on the last day or during the review session. I'm sure I wouldn't have been the first.

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