A federal judge has upheld a $4.5 million jury verdict against homophobic former Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shrivill who was fired from his Assistant Attorney General position in November of 2011 after e after stalking, harassing and starting a blog that slurred openly gay University of Michigan assembly president, Chris Armstrong, as a racist. and a sexual outlaw with a “radical homosexual agenda”
District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow’s ruling came in a lawsuit brought by Chris Armstrong, who graduated from Michigan in 2011, against Andrew Shirvell when it was learned he used his office computer to wage an online campaign against Armstrong upon his election as student body president. Shirvell started a blog devoted to attacking Armstrong for his “radical homosexual agenda,” claiming, among other things, that he also engaged in public sex and also orgies with other students. Shirvell, who described gay life as “filthy,” also showed up on campus and outside Armstrong’s home, claiming to “document” inappropriate conduct and to protest against Armstrong in person..
Shirvell has a long history of anti-LGBT harassment according to report compiled by the attorney general’s office which includes sending e-mails to a former state representative and others that included gay slurs, Shirvell also harassed Armstrong’s friends as they were socializing in Ann Arbor and made numerous calls to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office Armstrong was working there as an intern.
The judge also rejected Shirvell’s arguments against the size and scope of the damage award, finding that it fell within the normal range for cases involving this type of behavior.
Shirvell received volunteer legal assistance on his post-trial motions and will likely seek to appeal the court’s rulings, since he continues to maintain that all his conduct was shielded by the First Amendment.
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This past Saturday over 100 University of Michigan Law School graduates walked out of thier graduation commencement when Ohio State GOP Senator Rob Portman took to the podium to give the classes commencement speech.
Outside the Hill Auditorium guests attending Senior Day were handed a pamphlet explaining the coming protest. About 60 percent of the graduates wore rainbow buttons or flair on their gowns. Family and friends of the graduates wore the rainbow ribbon to show solidarity with grads who would be affected by Portman’s votes.
The pamphlet contained a letter from more than 200 Michigan Law alumni to Dean Caminker.
“Senator Portman, in public life, has actively worked to deny some members of the graduating class their civil rights … Our objection is not a political one … rather we are concerned about the message Michigan Law is sending by giving an anti-gay rights speaker the honor of marking what should be a joyful occasion,” the letter read.
Congratulations and well done to the grads who walked out in protest on Portman.
THIS is exactly what needs to happen more often. Protest and statements made against those who oppose LGBT equality in the political. public and private sector.
We must not allow the excuses and complacency that give harmful and hateful anti-gay individuals like Portman a pass because his homophobia is explained away as “his opinion”.
Would Portman have been given a pass and would he have been invited to give the University of Michigan’s commencement speech if he were an anti-semite? A racist? A misogynist?
We need to start visibly showing our opinion and distaste of these hateful individuals and make personal stands and let it be known that we will no longer listen to such bullshit or to any individual who stands for hate in any way shape or form.
Anderson Cooper interviews University of Michigan Student Body President Chris Armstrong who has been cyber bullied and verbally attacked by Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell since last March.
Andrew Shirvell is just another one of those who are “purveyors of hate”. He, just like the bullies who caused the death of those young teens, fthey have no remorse, since they feel they are doing nothing wrong.