Cox Suspends Assistant Attorney General

By: News 10
By: News 10

The assistant attorney general who ignited an uproar across the country over his anti-gay blog is off the job Friday morning.

State Attorney General Mike Cox suspended Andrew Shirvell Thursday night. This, after initially saying he wasn't going to fire him over his controversial blog.

On the website, Shirvell goes on a rant attacking the University of Michigan's openly gay student body president, Chris Armstrong.

On CNN, Cox said Shirvell's rant was free speech, and refused to fire him. He says he changed his mind and decided to suspend Shirvell after reading the entire blog.

The University of Michigan has banned Andrew Shirvell from campus.

Chris Armstrong has also filed a personal protection order against Shirvell. A hearing on that is set for Monday.


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  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Oct 4, 2010 at 11:21 AM
    Jim from Laingsburg, you and Mr. Shirvell can both move, right off the planet, with your outdated, sick, and ignorant opinions. When in a government office, free speech doesn't quite mean the same thing as you are supposed to be representing EVERYONE within the area your position dictates over, including those you may consider "undesirable". I find you and Mr. Shirvell and your "Oh, I'm abiding by the laws of my God" attitudes utterly offensive. So many people are just choosing to be gay in this day and age because it's so fashionable; the recent suicides are glaring evidence of that. No one punishes you because you "choose" to be a heterosexual, so I don't believe anyone has the right to be verbally abusive to those who love differently than you. You use utterly ridiculous words such as "sick" and "practice" regarding homosexuality, but IT'S NOT A CHOICE!! I have morals, thank you very much, but I choose not to use them to make myself all "holier than thou" like you. Need Windex?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    It will be a matter of time before the government will start censoring the speeches and writing of the people that they employ. Then it will be a matter of time before they take away our freedom of speech.
  • by non anonymous on Oct 1, 2010 at 04:07 PM
    Typical self serving behavior. First he was gonna let him keep his job, cause he probably agreed with him. Then he realized his own butt was on the line, so he changed his stance. You can read these people like a book. Either way him and his assistant lost.
  • by Jim Location: Laingsburg on Oct 1, 2010 at 01:14 PM
    Pretty sad when we are forced to accept a life style as sick as the practice of homosexuals. Even people representing the public are entitled to opinions against lifestyles that disgust people with morals. I have heard of police officers being lectured and told they have to accept these people and agree they are born with this defect. Freedom of speech is being slowly taken away as the special interest groups and religious cults slowly take over America. Pretty sad. God is the final judge and its not my place to judge. But my rights under the constitution of freedom of speech and expression of my opinion are being dimminished. I am happy Mr Cox tried to support that freedom of speech. To bad he was forced to buckle his belief by the media and the liberal thinking people destroying what once was the greatest country on earth. Mr Cox will get my suppoort in anything he does.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    When you are in a public office, you don't have the right to splew anti anything. You represent all the people. Not just those whom you agree with.
  • by Greg Location: Holt on Oct 1, 2010 at 09:12 AM
    Cox reconsidered after? He realized it would cost him any chance in an election.
  • by TomChicago Location: Chicago IL on Oct 1, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    Shirvell has "free speech rights", of course, but the fever that has infected his discourse has threatened the health of the rest of his office. Is this really the mind-set we should be paying to insure fairness in the legal system---fairness to gay people as well as to everyone else?
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