Australian Justice Michael Kirby holds a bit of a grudge against the government for its past sodomy laws.
The judge, speaking to a crowd on religion and sexuality, admitted that he would have come out sooner, but the nation’s oppressive prohibitions kept him – and others – in the closet. And the government should apologize:
Looking back, it would’ve been better had I been more open about [my] sexuality earlier. But if I had been I would not have been appointed to any judicial position at that time. I hope that would not be so now, I think it might not be so now, but I’m not sure.
People should be apologizing to me for oppressing me and others who were being oppressed by these silly laws.
We don’t want to be negative Nancies, but Kirby shouldn’t hold his breath.