He loved his wife and his children but by the time he reached his early 40s, he reluctantly realised he could no longer live with the huge secret he had been hiding for years. "It was after the year 2000 actually, I remember being very unhappy around that time," he said."New Year's Eve, on deck for Y2K, thinking what the hell am I doing?
Antonin Scalia, whose dissent charged the majority with orchestrating a “super-legislative” power grab, clearly thinks the justices were influenced by popular attitudes and emotions rather than the idea that equal protection under the law applies to marriage.
But speculating on judges’ motives is a losing task, and the rise in national support for gay marriage possibly owes less to sitcoms than it does to demographic shifts and political organizing efforts following ballot-box defeats in 2008.
The first of these was the imprisonment of George Everett Klippert, a mechanic from the Northwest Territories arrested in 1965 on charges of “gross indecency.” After being deemed a “dangerous sexual offender” by prison psychiatrists, his prison term was extended indefinitely — a ruling that was scrutinized and criticized in the mainstream press.
The second was the British parliament’s decision to decriminalize certain homosexual offenses.
In 1861, that law was moderated slightly, when the sentence became imprisonment for a period of 10 years to life.