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Lawyer sends extraordinary homophobic email to entire firm
29 August 2014
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An attorney at US firm Becker & Poliakoff has demonstrated the progress made by the legal profession in addressing diversity issues by sending a rabidly homophobic email to all staff in the firm.

Walter Kubitz emailed over 170 lawyers in response to an update from the firm about a recent case which decided that Florida's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. In his email, leaked to Above the Law, Kubitz explains that he was moved to write "lest my usual silence be taken as assent". He ensures that won't happen over seven frothing paragraphs in which he calls the verdict a "reckless trashing of morality" responsible for sexually transmitted infections "with the gay plague of AIDS being a classic example".

  Mr Kubitz disapproving of some reckless trashing of morality, yesterday

Kubitz, a senior attorney in the firm's IP practice, whose name happens to be an anagram of Likez Raw Butt, also turns to his bible. He warns that Scripture condemns homosexuality and teaches that it appeals to the "reprobate mind", which makes homosexuals "all the more hardened in their ways". And it seems that nothing gets Kubitz going like a hardened homosexual. He signs off with an instruction for his co-workers, particularly those in the LGBT community: "The message to the homosexual, as to all, is 'Seek ye the LORD while he may be found'".

A spokeswoman for Becker & Poliakoff told RollOnFriday that the firm regretted any harm Kubitz had caused and said that his remarks violated the firm’s email communication policy and core values. In a statement she said, "Of course, firm employees are entitled to differing opinions on religion and other subjects, however it was inappropriate for him to share such views in the workplace".

She added that the firm has "communicated clearly and directly to Mr. Kubitz that his rogue, disrespectful behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Becker & Poliakoff". She did not clarify whether that meant Kubitz would be sacked.



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anonymous user
29/08/2014 09:17
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Fantastic anagram of his name - thanks for that!
anonymous user
29/08/2014 09:55
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If carlsberg did anagrams.... excellent work
04/09/2014 08:55
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I think it's refreshing to see someone who is prepared to hate and condemn sections of the populace just because their actions, although harmless, contradict a particular interpretation of a particular fairytale.

What harm has religious bigotry ever done anyway?
anonymous user
04/03/2015 02:43
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The style of Mr Kubitz email is inappropriate but there is nothing wrong with its contents.

I am afraid I do see some intolerance and some bigotry on the part of Becker & Poliakoff and, by the way, of Rollonfriday.
anonymous user
16/09/2015 14:18
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anonymous user
18/12/2015 01:05
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Why is anyone who voices an opinion on homosexuality that you disagree with, guilty of "homophobia"? Can't you accept that not everyone shares your views?