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Wed October 13, 2010
Rights Commission condemns Ass't AG who targeted gay student
By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI –
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has adopted a resolution condemning the behavior of Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell for his personal campaign against the University of Michigan's openly gay student body president. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, the resolution also calls on his boss, Attorney General Mike Cox, to launch an investigation.
The commission wants the attorney general's office to look into whether state resources were used to harass U-of-M student president Chris Armstrong. Andrew Shirvell is on leave from his job. Attorney General Mike Cox says Shirvell will face a disciplinary hearing if and when he returns to work. Shirvell targeted Armstrong in a blog called "Chris Armstrong Watch" and showed up at campus events where he knew Armstrong would be. Shirvell said his campaign was against Armstrong's "radical homosexual agenda." Shirvell has been threatened with arrest if he sets foot again on the U-of-M campus.
The commission also called on Cox to support passage of a hate crime law that offers protections based on sexual orientation and an anti-school-bullying law.