Andrew Shirvell has been ordered to pay $4.5 million to openly gay former University of Michigan student government president Chris Armstrong.
A jury on Thursday agreed with Armstrong, who graduated in 2011, in his defamation suit against Shirvell.
Shirvell, an alum of UofM, protested the 2010 election of Armstrong as the school's first openly gay student body president. He attacked Armstrong on the Internet, at his home and at university events. At his now private blog Chris Armstrong Watch, he accused the student of preying on impressionable freshman and of being “Satan's representative on the student assembly,” and labeled Armstrong a Nazi, a racist, a liar and an elitist.
Shirvell was fired from his post as state assistant attorney general over his actions.
“It's not just a victory for me, but for so many others,” Armstrong is quoted as saying by the Detroit Free Press. “I think of all of the people who are bullies outside of a strong supportive environment like I had at [UofM]. I think it's a strong statement about what will be tolerated.”
Shirvell called the ruling “outrageous.”
“The whole case is about politics,” he told the paper. “Every conservative Christian in the nation should be scared from this. This is the radical homosexual lobby trying to make an example out of me. Every conservative Christian in the nation should know that they are going to come after you if you object to their lifestyle, that they are going to crucify you in the public arena.”