Becker & Poliakoff leaders say they have taken undisclosed “strict and severe” action against an attorney who sent an email to the entire firm blasting homosexuality and a recent federal court opinion in favor of same-sex marriage.

Walter Kubitz, a senior lawyer in Becker’s Manassas, Va., office, wrote Monday: “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.”