Assistant Attorney General of Michigan Targets Openly Gay Student Body President

I can’t even believe this is real, that an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan, Andrew Shirvell, has launched what feels like a hate-filled campaign against the University of Michigan’s openly gay student body president, Chris Armstrong.

Last night, Anderson Cooper interviewed Shirvell, who called the UM study body president, “Satan’s representative”.  Shirvell admits to protesting outside Armstrong’s house and claims that he feels the UM student body president is launching a “deeply radical agenda”. Anderson then counters that Armstrong largely campaigned on expanded cafeteria hours and tuition issues.

Watch CNN’s video above or read more on Current.

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  • TheSpecialLadyFriend

    “Satan’s representative” but also a “child of God”? I think Shirvell needs to get his own ideas straight.
    As a U of M student, I think Chris is a great president, and certainly doesn’t deserve to be targeted and harassed like that; it’s truly shocking to me that anyone, let alone a state official, would do that.
    Good on Anderson Cooper for calling him out on it!

  • guest

    I am grateful that Shirvell was called on this. I think it is important to consider that people will do things like this as part of a religious group, and use their religion as permission to behave in truly offensive ways. Shirvell is very careful to specify that his grudge is with Armstrong’s housing proposal, instead of Armstrong’s gender preferences, to evade the anti-gay label, but he does not disprove the suggestion that he is a cyber-bully. I’m glad Shirvell’s boss is willing to call him immature.

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