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Andrew Shirvell Taking Leave Of Absence Over Anti-Gay Blog

6a00d8341c730253ef013487d29060970c-800wi-1 Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has finally done the right thing and suspended Andrew Shirvell, his staffer who has been harassing Chris Armstrong, the openly gay president of the University of Michigan's student body.

Cox has consistently said that Shirvell was protected by the First Amendment, and told Anderson Cooper that very thing on Wednesday. Apparently public pressure proved to much, however, and now Cox announced that Shirvell is being reprimanded Shirvell's taking a leave of absence.

Meanwhile, Armstrong has taken Cox's advice and is pursuing a protective order against Shirvell, and the University has banned him from campus.

UPDATE: Original reports out of Michigan described Shirvell's situation as a "suspension." Turns out he's taking a voluntary leave of absence.

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  1. If Shirvell was suspended with pay won't he just have more time for his stalking and obsessing and harassment?

    Posted by: Jimmy | Oct 1, 2010 8:41:52 AM

  2. Suspension is not enough. Shirvell has proven himself incapable of defending and representing all of the citizens of Michigan especially the LGBT citizens.

    His crusade against Chris shows him to be homophobic, lacking in judgement, and extremist in his right-wing views.

    In his interview with Anderson Cooper, Shirvell kept saying its a political campaign and in a political campaign harassment tactics like those he's using against Chris are common place. Then, let's show Shirvell a political campaign that costs him his job and ensures that he never works as a public servant ever again.

    Posted by: Michael Crawford | Oct 1, 2010 8:43:29 AM

  3. Why suspended? Why not fired?

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Oct 1, 2010 8:45:23 AM

  4. Mr. Shrivell will end up as legal council for Fred Phelps or Focus on the Family or one of the other equally disguting band of freaks and worms.

    Posted by: Bart | Oct 1, 2010 8:48:40 AM

  5. Has anyone started a site to counter-stalk and harass this psychotic little prig? I'd contribute.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Oct 1, 2010 9:01:26 AM

  6. Cox has shown himself to be just as crazy and bigoted as his assistant loon. He must have gotten some pressure from above.

    Posted by: phineas | Oct 1, 2010 9:05:52 AM

  7. He looks like a child toucher.

    Posted by: Grant | Oct 1, 2010 9:13:29 AM

  8. So as much as I think the suspension, the restraining order, and banning Shirvell from campus are all very good things...

    I'm worried this guy will become a martyr a la Matt Barber. OK so the guy no longer works for the AG, but will CWA pick him up with enthusiasm? Will anti-gays flock to him as an example of a decent Christian persecuted for simply expressing his beliefs?

    Posted by: DN | Oct 1, 2010 9:18:29 AM

  9. In regard to Shrivel [sic] being hired by an antigay hate group -- they'll be hiring a fool. Hire away.

    Posted by: DougChgo | Oct 1, 2010 9:29:55 AM

  10. It's being reported now that Mike Cox did NOT suspend Shirvell, but that Shirvell took a leave - which means that Cox is spinning the story in his favor when really he still hasn't done a damn thing.

    Posted by: Bald_Jason74 | Oct 1, 2010 9:30:22 AM

  11. After watching his interview, I doubt even the Fundi Christian movement in this country would want to be involved with this twisted sister.

    Posted by: Grant | Oct 1, 2010 9:30:53 AM

  12. Such a weak disciplinary response would never be tolerated if Shirvell's abominable behavior was directed toward any other minority group.

    There ought now to be calls for the Michigan Attorney General himself to resign.

    Posted by: rascal | Oct 1, 2010 9:32:09 AM

  13. Well, it's no wonder Cox was reluctant to take action – his office is supporting the Prop 8 appeal and has gone on record "supporting traditional marriage." Looks like the Michigan Attorney General's office is a hotbed of bigotry.,1607,7-164--244118--,00.html

    Posted by: rascal | Oct 1, 2010 9:36:47 AM

  14. I can just imagine Cox's discussion with Shirvell:

    "Hey, Andy, you know I'm on your side, but these disgusting homos wield a lot of power in the media these days... Entertainment people, you know. What can I do? They leave me no choice, Andy, it's politics. Just take it as one more reason to crush those filthy perverts."

    Posted by: rascal | Oct 1, 2010 9:42:52 AM

  15. From all the accounts that I've read about this guy and his history (there's a lot more than just this case of harassment)the man appears to be a sociopath and absolutely obsessed with either hate for his victim (or maybe even lust? There is a fine line.)that could have deadly consequences.

    The victim should at the very least obtain a restraining order and then seek any civil legal redress he might have. It seems there are no criminal avenues open and that is sad. The victim may even consider turning the tables. I wonder how Mr. Shirvell would react to similar treatment? The man looks like a wimp, a freightened little weenie who enjoys being a bully. As with most bullies, he can dish it out, but I wonder how he would like to take it for awhile? He should be subjected to widespread ridicule and harassment in kind. Sometimes the only way to fight fire is with fire.

    Posted by: Bob R | Oct 1, 2010 9:43:45 AM

  16. Shirvell is about as stable as a bowl of jell-o on a waterbed. I fear for Chris Armstrong now that this loon is not only possessed of free time, but will, as most stalkers/crazy people do, blame Chris for his professional issues as opposed to his own unacceptable behavior.

    Seriously, I wouldn't advocate Chris changing his day-to-day, as it is a form of letting Shirvell win, but at the same time, Chris, please, be extra careful.

    Posted by: Dxx | Oct 1, 2010 9:46:09 AM

  17. this man sure looks like a very serious closet case and dangerous. this man needs some very serious mental health intervention
    as does his boss who seems to push this aside the boss needs to held accountable at the same time.the ag doesn't seem all that bright he is opening the state up to lawsuits and other actions. this man is supposedto be a lawyer

    Posted by: walter | Oct 1, 2010 9:58:50 AM

  18. One smell test I haven't seen anyone use (because, you know, I can't read ALL the Internet). Nobody asked either Shirvell or Cox if Shirvell would have kept his job if he had taken the exact same actions toward a heterosexual, female student body president who advocated later hours of operation for campus amenities and gender-neutral housing.

    An (honest) "no" answer would have proved that Cox is not interested in providing equal protection under the law.

    Slightly off-topic - My inner thirteen year old did get a vicarious thrill from hearing Anderson Cooper repeat the words "Mike Cox" over and over again during his interview. If the media spotlight doesn't result in fair action against Cox and Shirvell, at least one of my fantasies has been partially fulfilled.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Oct 1, 2010 10:13:43 AM

  19. Update.

    He took a leave of absence himself. So he still hasn't technically been reprimanded.

    Posted by: Andrew | Oct 1, 2010 10:19:51 AM

  20. Does this Andrew Shirvell guy look gay?

    Posted by: shelleybear | Oct 1, 2010 10:22:04 AM

  21. Cox is a conservative nut himself. He's out of a job in 3 months and lost his bid for governor. I'm sure he's received some pressure over this but he's not going to do anything to jeopardize his future prospects among the right wing. He and Shirvell will both be hailed as heroes and land positions with some fundie org like Focus on the Family which is fine by me as long as the taxpayers aren't paying for their upkeep anymore. Good riddance!

    Posted by: matt | Oct 1, 2010 10:22:46 AM

  22. Personally I believe the guy (Shirvell) should be prosecuted for a hate crime and go to prison. Not for a few days, weeks or months but for many years. Let him live in that world. He is a pompous, pious, pitiful punk.

    And Cox, who took FAR TOO MUCH TIME to take action, should be barred from holding any other civil service or public job again. Ever.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Oct 1, 2010 10:59:58 AM

  23. Just to clarify, Armstrong had filed for an order of protection on September 13th, well before Cooper's interview with Cox. It's unclear at this point if Cox was aware of this step already being taken. The decision on whether such order will be granted is set to be determined at a hearing on Monday.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 1, 2010 11:12:49 AM

  24. The whole thing saddens and sickens me. Shirvell has no place in public office and Cox has already said he's leaving office in 3 months, so why should he care? You can bet if the shoe was on the other foot, and Armstrong was stalking Shirvell in the same way, Armstrong would have been jailed long ago.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 1, 2010 11:18:32 AM

  25. Shirvell is protected by the first amendment, as we all are. But it fails to apply to this case, because nowhere in the first amendment is the right to a job, which he does not have; in fact, none of us have. He should be fired, not suspended. This purely political.

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 1, 2010 12:27:32 PM

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