A Virginia attorney has landed himself in hot water this week after using the “reply all” feature in an internal company email as a soapbox to spout disgusting anti-gay rhetoric at his colleagues.
Daily Business Review reports that “strict and severe” action has been taken against Walter Kubitz, a senior attorney at Becker & Poliakoff, for the nauseating email that discussed the “gay plague of AIDS” and the LGBT community’s “reckless trashing of morality.” The message was apparently his response to a federal judge’s recent finding that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban violates the state’s Constitution.
“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,” Kubitz wrote to literally everyone he works with, including at least one openly gay man.
As expected, Kubitz uses the Bible to justify his hate. “Homosexuality [is] clearly condemned throughout Scripture,” he says, and “there is not a shred of historical evidence that either of those clauses [cited in Florida’s case] was ever intended to legitimize homosexuality.”
Perhaps he slept during the “separation of church and state” chapter in law school?
Michael Gongora, Kubitz’s openly gay colleague who received the email, told DBR:
“As an openly gay attorney at Becker & Poliakoff for over nine years, I know that the email sent by this attorney does not reflect the core values of this firm. In fact, Becker & Poliakoff is committed to diversity as reflected by the firm’s hiring practices, outreach and diversity scholarships awarded annually.”
Becker & Poliakoff declined to disclose what their interpretation of “strict and severe” punishment for Kubitz is. But let’s face it — he’s old, white, and male. It’s probably a paid vacation, a bonus, and a light tap on the wrist.
Read his email in its entirety below (via DBR):
Subject: New Decision: Same Sex Marriage (Brenner v. Scott)
Date: Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:18 AM
The issue having been raised, permit me the liberty to reply, lest my usual silence be taken as assent.
Judge Hinkle says that the Florida ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment Due Process and Equal Protection clauses. However, there is not a shred of historical evidence that either of those clauses was ever intended to legitimize homosexuality.
Judge Hinkle and others like-minded have effectively amended the Constitution by judicial fiat. This is a blatant usurpation of power reserved to the States and to the people in violation of the 10th Amendment. The better handling of the issue is as exemplified by Baker v. Nelson, 409 U.S. 810 (1972), in which the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn a Minnesota ban on same-sex marriage “for want of a substantial federal question.”
Adding insult to injury, Judge Hinkle invokes our founding fathers as though they would have approved of his ruling. Not so. In his 1796 farewell address then-president George Washington spoke of morality as being indispensable to our societal well-being.
Today’s reckless trashing of morality has been damaging on many fronts. For one, there has been a significant increase in sexually transmitted disease over the past few decades, with the gay plague of AIDS being a classic example.
We would do well to heed the Proverbs 11:21 warning of our ultimate Judge: “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished.” In other words, popularity does not trump peril.
Homosexuality, clearly condemned throughout Scripture, is especially perilous in that it tends toward the “reprobate mind” as spoken of in Romans 1:18-32 that makes its participants all the more hardened in their ways. The message to the homosexual, as to all, is “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found . . .” (Isaiah 55:6).
He probably wrote that after pulling up his zipper while leaving an adult bookstore
The bible says a hell of a lot more about ADULTERY. So does the republican supporting “family-values” belching serial ADULTERERS:
GINGRICH, LIMBAUGH, VITTER, MC CAIN, CRAIG, PALLADINO, GIULIANI, BARR, ENSIGN, TRUMP, LEE, SCHWARZENEGGER, SANFORD
And all why espousing FAMILY VALUES and attempting to legislate the morals of others!!!
My concern about this is I was hiring an attorney is that he makes false interpretations and bad legal arguments.
You don’t get to claim that a law or a court did not say something simply because you disagree with it, and by doing so it means you are a bad attorney. People want to hire an attorney who can look at a law objectively and help them win their case. Not somebody who looks at the laws, and falsely thinks they mean or should mean something he wants them to mean.
If his other cases were as poorly argued as this e-mail I’m shocked he ever made partner.
Lastly, Jesus spoke DIRECTLY against divorce. Funny how none of these hypocrites advocate for making divorce illegal isn’t it?
Well, he attended Bob Jones University. Enough said.
I wonder if he’d written his email on the “African-American Plague of Violence”, if he’d still have a job.
By keeping him, the firm is concurring.
I don’t know which is more frightening: his total ignorance on the subject or the (lack of) values that he espouses. In either case, he’s pathetic.
That mouth looks very similar to something I saw pressed up against a glory hole at the truck stop the other night.
He won’t get in any real trouble.
“…there is not a shred of historical evidence that either of those clauses was ever intended to legitimize homosexuality.”
There doesn’t have to be! There could be ironclad proof that they weren’t intended for that at the time they were written—indeed, there pretty much is—and it would be totally irrelevant to whether they apply to current knowledge about homosexuality or anything else. This guy’s an attorney?
It’s true that gay men thrive on promiscuity within a very small number of venues. This behavior concentrates pathogens which cause STD’s, causing one to lose herd immunity.
Add drug use to the mix and the body’s immune system is further compromised. Bad choices cause AIDS, basically.
When the 14th Amendment was being debated in Congress, there was a lot of heated debate over just how expansive the language should be. There were many who wanted the wording to be narrowly tailored to only apply to former slaves and their descendants, or to people of African descent. There were some who were concerned about how it would apply to Native Americans, and whether their tribal allegiances made them ineligible for the protections of the 14th Amendment. In the end, that Congress deliberately chose an expansive view. They WANTED it to be interpreted broadly. That it has been subsequently interpreted to cover minority groups that they didn’t even know existed at the time is not an accident nor unintentional. It’s a feature, not a bug.
Let’s hire him to sue himself.
@michael mellor: Your point? I have a straight friend who goes to a straight sex club near LAX and the shit he tells me that’s going on there was definitely eyebrow raising.
@michael mellor: What an idiot.
@michael mellor: Idiot. You have no clue as to reality.
@michael mellor: So the reason your sentences don’t parse is because you’re always posting in a dark room?
Plus it must be hard to type while being barebacked both ends. At least wait til you get out of the sling, Jim.
Poor thing still is living in the year 1985.
It’s sad when all the education in the world can’t overcome religious ignorance.
He’s proven willing to embrace stupidity that goes against medicine and science, and at the same time proven himself hostile to homosexual colleagues, clients, and corporate clients that support diversity. His letter is eloquently offensive and mean-spirited.
One gay colleague claims he does not represent the spirit or intent of the firm. That is yet to be seen: the firm’s actions will determine whether or not he speaks for them.
@passingthru: How so? His comment is very accurate actually. Promiscuity is almost a guarantee of creating and spreading STD’s.
The reality is that many gay men choose to be promiscuous. Yep, choose. It’s a poor choice. However, just like straight men, gay men will defend their promiscuity to the death.
“Lastly, Jesus spoke DIRECTLY against divorce. Funny how none of these hypocrites advocate for making divorce illegal isn’t it?”
Good observation. I read that roughly 70% of divorces have little to do with what is considered Biblically allowable.
I bet those 70 percenters are glad they remarried.
(WHY DO YOU KEEP BLOCKING MY POST, QUEERTY? I HAVE NOT VIOLATED YOUR COMMENTS POLICY IN PAST…) ???
Thank you for not posting my previous comment.. You let me know that I don’t want to be a part of this site.. My comment is still pending from 24 hours ago, when comments from 3 am this morning has been posted.. You all don’t seek diversity in the gay community.. You all want every on to conform.. Thanks but no thanks..
@Nixter: “It’s true that gay men thrive on promiscuity”.
While there are gay men who thrive on promiscuity, there are also gay men who do not. Being gay and being non-gay has no impact on promiscuity. He states that “it is true” when it is not a truth. – Idiot.
“Bad choices cause AIDS”
While bad choices might create an environment for increased risk, “Bad choices” do NOT cause AIDS. AIDS, in case you have not paid attention, is cause by a virus. Indeed, some promiscuous people get AIDS; some do not. There are people who live very conservatively who get AIDS. His comments are not only inaccurate but are very judgmental. – Idiot.
This thing needs to chill out and get some help fast. Closet queen, you’ve spun out of control!
PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
His email proves he is as ugly on the inside as he is on the outside…….
Looking at the complete and utter denial of reality in the comments here it’s pretty easy to see why the HIV rates of gay men are as absolutely astronomical as they are. Here are the facts per the CDC:
1. The HIV infection rate of men who have sex with men is 44 times higher than the infection rate for straight men.
2. MSM are only about 4% of the population but account for a massive 59% of ALL HIV cases.
3. 20% of MSM are infected with HIV.
4. MSM are 66% of all new HIV cases.
These numbers really do say it all. HIV is absolutely rampant among gay and bisexual men and infects them at rates vastly higher than it affects any other population in the USA.
@NoCagada: That’s nice. Yes, hetero men get HIV and, according to the CDC, which should know, men who have sex with other men get it at a rate 44 times greater. That being the case you can make all the claims about straight men you want, at the end of the day their HIV rate is still only 1/44th that of gay and bi men. There is simply no RATIONAL way to ignore or refute the numbers. Gay and bi men are 4% of the population and account for a massive 59% of all HIV cases in the United States with an incredible 20% infected.
Sorry to tell you, but ignoring the problem isn’t going to make it go away. It’s only going to increase the death toll.
@PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS: His email proves he knows a lot more about HIV infection stats from the CDC than most people here do.
Here are the hilights:
20% of men who have sex with men (MSM) infected with HIV.
HIV rate of MSM 44 times that of hetero men.
MSM are 4% of the population but account for 59% of all HIV cases.
He probably also has actually read his bible since it harshly condemns homosexuality every single time it mentions it. Generally the only argument gays and their supporters who try to reconcile Christianity with homosexuality have against this is that it condemns other things too. Why they think this in any way whatsoever mitigates the condemnations of homosexuality is anybody’s guess.
@passingthru: His comments reflect reality. The fact that some “conservative” people and heterosexuals get HIV in no way shape or form mitigates the fact that the HIV infection rate of gay and bi men is a whopping 44 times higher than that of straight men. Christ, 20% of gay and bi men are infected with HIV. They are 4% of the population and make up 59% of HIV cases. Yes, that’s right, 4% of the population has 59% of the HIV infections. So, yes, heterosexual people certainly do get HIV and gay and bi men absolutely positively get it at a rate far far far higher. There is simply no comparison between the HIV rates of gay and bi men and other groups. The HIV rate of gay and bi men is astronomical compared to any other group.
The attorney doesn’t know certain scriptures that will raise doubts about the importance of Biblical writings that portray gay issues in an unfavorable manner.
Paul, who authored most of the NT and most of the negativity about LGBT issues, says this about his own knowledge and understanding —
1. …our knowledge is partial and incomplete…
2. …we see things imperfectly…
3. All that I know now is partial and incomplete…
(1 Corinthians 13:9,12)
He may even be speaking for scripture he didn’t write.
Those are excellent examples that teach us that scripture can be too partial, incomplete and imperfect to be useful for every situation.
We therefore must reason out anything and everything in scripture ‘as necessary’. That will help us to ‘effectively’ judge and evaluate a matter or people based on all reasonable, ‘current or modern’ attitudes, experiences and knowledge.
The search for new and better ways of accepting and understanding LGBT people using scripture is a worthy effort.
The continuing and modernity inclined work of the ‘Spirit of God’ is alive and well ‘in many of us’.
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