After a Florida District court sided with LGBT couples in the fight for marriage equality, one Manassas lawyer decided he’d had enough.
“Today’s reckless trashing of morality has been damaging on many fronts. For one, there has been a significant increase in sexually transmitted diseases over the past few decades, with the gay plague of AIDS being a classic example,” wrote Walter Kubitz, a senior member of the legal firm Becker & Poliakoff according to the Daily Business Review.
Kubitz said the words in Proverbs 11:21 – “Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.” – should be used as a warning for those who sought same-sex marriage.
Based in Fort Lauderdale, Becker & Poliakoff ‘s Ken Direktor said his business took immediate action, though the severity of the punishment was not released.
“The email infuriated me,” he told the DBR. “I’ve been here 28 years, and we promote and support a work environment that’s diverse and collegial. An email as divisive as this runs directly contrary to the core values of the firm.”
There was some debate internally as to whether Kubitz accidentally sent the email – it seemed to have been a response to a company wide email informing employees about U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee striking the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Could Kublitz have mistakenly hit ‘reply all’?
“I would like to think so,” said Alan Becker, a former managing partner of the firm. ”There is lots of room in the world for differing religious views but not on law firm emails.”
Other legal experts on the web have taken to condemning Kublitz actions. “Is this 1982? Was this email written on a typewriter? Does Tom Hanks have to come to your house and sing?” wrote Elie Mystal for Above the Law.com. “Calling AIDS the “gay plague” is a classic example all right — the classic example of something a rank idiot says.”
Becker & Poliakoff have 19 offices around the country and employ about 170 attorneys.