Bil Browning

Michigan anti-gay stalker takes leave of absence from Attorney General's office

Filed By Bil Browning | October 01, 2010 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: Andrew Shirvell, anti-gay harassment, Chris Armstrong, Michigan, Mike Cox

Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has come under quite a bit of fire since his interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper aired earlier this week. While the story had simmered locally, the sudden exposure on national news hurried Shirvell's decline dramatically.shrivell2.jpg

Attorney General Mike Cox defended Shirvell's right to free speech and refused to fire him claiming that the anti-gay fanatic's lunacy was happening on his off-work hours. Attorney general candidate David Leyton called on his opponent in the race to also condemn Shirvell's actions.

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, however, tweeted her disgust with the lawyer to her followers. "If I was still Attorney General and Andrew Shirvell worked for me, he would have already been fired," she said on the social networking site.

Shirvell has taken a voluntary leave of absence from the Attorney General's office although a Detroit News article, now removed from their website, claimed that Shirvell was suspended.

Chris Armstrong, the young college student government leader that Shirvell has been stalking and humiliating, has filed for a restraining order against Shirvell.

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Well at least the female governor of Michigan has some balls.

Richard W. Fitch | October 2, 2010 10:40 AM

With juust a quick glance I thought the headline said "takes leave of senses". But that wouldn't really be news.

It's weird that it took that interview with anderson cooper to get gays to care. I linked a story on p1q from a local paper on this about a month ago, and it's not like the cooper did a great job with this story either (did anyone else cringe when he asked "Are you a bigot?" Did anyone else hope that Shirvell would answer: "Are you a real journalist or are you a pretty boy who used his family's money to buy a career on the teevee?").

Either way, this dude is crazy and the fact that he has authority over queer people in a state that's been engaged in quite a few anti-gay sex stings should make people think twice about those operations.