Tag Archives: Michigan

MICHIGAN: House Approves Bill Cutting Funding To Gay-Friendly Universities

The GOP-dominated Michigan House has approved a bill penalizing state universities that offer same-sex partner benefits to members of their faculties. If the bill becomes law, any state college that offers domestic partner benefits will see their funding cut by 5%. The measure was authored by Tea Party-backed Rep. Dave Agema (left). Todd Heywood reports at the Michigan Messenger: Shortly …

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Quote Of The Day – Brian Brown

“The gay movement’s tactics smell more and more like Joe McCarthy than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hounding people and going after their livelihoods, because they express a view held by numerous mainstream Christians is mean, intolerant, and unacceptable to most Americans. We call on Joe Solomonese, Evan Wolfson and other mainstream gay marriage groups to call off their dogs, …

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Borders To Close 200 Stores

Borders Books will close 200 locations as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed today. Analysts say today’s actions may not save the company. The filing — which comes 40 years after Borders started as a used bookstore on Ann Arbor’s South State Street — gives the chain a chance to reorganize by slashing expensive leases and reducing its debt …

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14 Year-Old Gay Student Defends Teacher

After his teacher faced disciplinary action for throwing out a student who had made anti-gay remarks, openly gay 14 year-old Ann Arbor, Michigan student Graeme Taylor spoke on the teacher’s behalf. Brave kid!

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Former Michigan AG Andrew Shirvell:
The Liberal Media Was Out To Get Me!

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MICHIGAN: Assistant AG Andrew Shirvell Fired Over Anti-Gay Stalking Campaign

Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell was fired this afternoon for his loony tunes campaign against openly gay University of Michigan student body president Chris Armstrong. Shirvell was called before the attorney general’s staff at 1:30 p.m. today, said Philip Thomas, Shirvell’s attorney. “The only reason they gave was the fact that they felt his actions had made it impossible …

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MICHIGAN: Assistant AG Andrew Shirvell May Be Disbarred For Anti-Gay Stalking

A complaint has been filed seeking the disbarment of Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell over his anti-gay harassment of UM student body president Chris Armstrong. The complaint alleges Shirvell harassed and defamed Armstrong during what Gordon describes as a six-month campaign “of lies, dishonesty, heckling, hate speech and even job interference.” The commission could disbar Shirvell if it investigates. …

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Homosexual Homosexual Homosexual

Sam Stein reports at Huffington Post: An otherwise obscure statehouse race in Midland County, Michigan, may be home to the most remarkable robocall of the election cycle — put up by a social conservative group, it drops the word “homosexual” ten times. Over the weekend, Gary Glenn, the chairman of the Campaign for Michigan Families, released a robocall attacking the …

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University Of Michigan Student President Talks About Attacks From Andrew Shirvell

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MICHIGAN: Andrew Shirvell Isn’t Suspended, He’s On A Leave Of Absence

The Detroit News has issued a correction to yesterday’s story. An assistant attorney general who has attracted national attention for a controversial blog that ridicules and denounces a University of Michigan student leader for his gay advocacy, religious beliefs and character has taken a personal leave following intense public scrutiny, a spokesman for Attorney General Mike Cox said today. Cox …

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MICHIGAN: Andrew Shirvell Suspended

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has reversed his position and suspended Assistant AG Andrew Shirvell (left) after a national media outcry about Shivrell’s cyber-harassment of openly gay University of Michigan student body president Chris Armstrong. The suspension came a day after Cox told CNN he didn’t intend to fire Shirvell, citing civil service rules that protect government employees from being …

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Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm Tweets…

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Assistant Michigan AG Andrew Shirvell’s Anti-Gay Harassment Goes Way Back

A reader writes to note that Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has been on an anti-gay campaign for years. From a 2005 news story: Members of a local student-oriented Catholic parish received an e-mail last week urging them to boycott the New York Pizza Depot on East William Street because of a gay pride rainbow sicker on its front …

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MICHIGAN: Assistant Attorney General To Keep Job Despite Anti-Gay Harassment

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MICHIGAN: Assistant Attorney General Harasses Gay College Student

This is just too bizarre.

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American Family Association: Transgender People Are Committing Identity Theft

“In an era of identity theft and national security concerns, we’re glad that Ruth Johnson has now joined Rep. Paul Scott in expressly stating her opposition to the Secretary of State policy of allowing men to falsely identify themselves as female on their state-issued driver’s license, and vice versa. The people of Michigan should at minimum be able to trust …

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MICHIGAN: Federal Judge Upholds Dismissal Of Anti-Gay Student Counselor

A federal judge today upheld Eastern Michigan University’s dismissal of a graduate student who refused to “affirm homosexuality” when counseling gay students. Julea Ward’s case has been a hot topic on Christianist and rightwing blogs, who maintain hers is just the latest in the homofascist campaign to stifle anti-gay dissent at the nation’s universities. In an order granting summary judgment …

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Today In Crazy Teabaggers

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The Big House Gets Bigger

After $226M in renovations, Michigan Stadium has become the nation’s largest sporting arena. A comparison of its new seating capacity: For some context, 109,901 people will make the stadium the seventh-largest city in Michigan on game days (passing up Ann Arbor, ironically), and is significantly larger than the largest city in Delaware, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire or North Dakota. The …

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Arab Immigrant Wins Miss USA Pageant

Lebanese immigrant Rima Fakih was crowned Miss USA in Las Vegas last night, becoming what may be both the first immigrant and first Muslim to win the 60 year-old pageant. Fakih was born into a powerful Shiite family in a village in southern Lebanon that was heavily bombed during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war. But she and her sister said the …

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