Reformed anti-gay activist Stephen Dunne returns to Gayville this week. The law student caught our eye – and ire – last year when he sued the Massachusetts State Bar Association for including a gay marriage question on the would-be lawyer’s exam. Dunne refused to answer the question, which cost him the test and then promptly sued for religious discrimination. Dunne later withdrew his case.
Dunne’s given the matter much thought over the past few months and wrote to Bay Windows explaining that his lawsuit was “misguided” and he was simply “lashing out”. The staffers at Bay Windows were so intrigued by Dunne’s turnaround that they dispatched Laura Kiritsy to dig into Dunne. Here’s a sample of their exchange:
Q: Did you hear from [your] when you filed the lawsuit?
A: Thereâ€™s a lot of gay people I know that donâ€™t know what I did. And you know obviously Iâ€™m not going to bring it up today because to a large degree I donâ€™t want them to know because Iâ€™m embarrassed at what I did. Theyâ€™re great people, theyâ€™re great parents, theyâ€™re educated people, theyâ€™re professionals. I have a lot of respect for them. Once you become friends with people itâ€™s hard not to respect them, to change your opinion, change your direction of your previously preconceived notions that were incorrect.
Irishman Dunne also says that past discrimination against his ancestors helped bring him back to reality. He’s currently studying for the bar exam. We’ll done, Dunne!