US: Senior lawyer faces ‘severe’ punishment for calling AIDS the ‘gay plague’
A lawyer in the US state of Virginia is facing “immediate and severe” action after sending a company-wide email calling AIDS the “gay plague”.
Walter Kubitz, a senior lawyer at Becker and Poliakoff, sent the email to the full firm of over 170 lawyers, to express his disgust at the fact that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban was found last month to be unconstitutional.
He said he did not think there was a “shred of historical evidence that [Florida’s Constitution] … was ever intended to legitimize homosexuality.”
Continuing on his tirade, he says “the gay plague of AIDS”, is a good example of the “reckless trashing of morality.”
The firm says it has taken “immediate and severe” action over the email, and responded to it to say that it was “reprehensible,” and “inappropriate and would not be tolerated.”
Kubitz’s email is available in full below.
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).
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