Attorney's Anti-Gay Blog Gets Heat

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

The number of facebook members calling for the firing of Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell is growing by the moment. By the time we hit air at 6 pm Thursday, the group had one thousand members more than it did just hours ago-- more than 5,000.

"I think it's extremely inappropriate for someone in Mr. Shirvell's position to be taking this kind of stance in a public forum," says MSU senior Nick Pfost, who represents an LGBT organization.

Shirvell is receiving national heat after a blog he started attacking University of Michigan gay student body president Chris Armstrong was uncovered. Now, his position at the AG's office is under question.

"Chris armstrong is a radical homosexual activist who got elected partly funded to promote a deeply radical agenda at U of M," Shirvell said on CNN the other night.

We placed numerous calls Thursday to Mike Cox's office, to see if the Attorney General would comment on the status of Andrew Shirvell's job within the department. But they say they're so swamped with calls from people wanting to know more about the situation, all they could do was give us a press release.

In part, it reads "In no way does Mr. Shirvell serve as a spokesperson for the department of the Attorney General... But his immaturity and lack of judgment outside the office are clear."

On cnn this week, Cox said Shirvell's job is safe.

"He's clearly a bully, absolutely. Is he using the Internet to be a bully? Yes. But is that protected under the 1st amendment? Yes," he says.

Kevin Epling, whose son Matt committed suicide after being bullied in school, read the blog before he knew who the author was. With no bullying laws on the books, Epling is upset.

"To find out it's a high-ranking official, that's very, very troublesome," he says.

Governor Jennifer Granholm went on Twitter Thursday to say: "If i was still Attorney General and Andrew Shirvell worked for me, he would have already been fired."

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  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Oct 1, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    So, I see this idiot doesn't think we've had enough young people commit suicide just because of who they are. Mike Cox's attitude towards this incident is deplorable at best; personally, I think Mike Cox is proving what a big, useless coward he is. I'm not always on Gov Granholm's side, but I'm right with her on this one. This guy should not still have this job. I'm offended that this man is considered a representative of the State of Michigan and its government. For gosh sakes, Mr. Cox, do something right, for once. and oust this loser!
  • by jdmarc Location: Jackson on Sep 30, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    Why isn't this the lead story on every news channel in Michigan? This is not about a no-account homophobe, it's about Cox's unwillingness to do what is right. Don't we expect the AG to do what is right? Shameful.
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