In an act of solidarity to the University of Michigan, CSUâ€™s student government passed a resolution Wednesday night condemning Andrew Shirvell for his anti-GLBT messages toward the schoolâ€™s openly gay student body president.
With a vote of 14-0-7, the Associated Students of CSU will now send its support to a fellow student government entity, encouraging their strength against the discrimination of Michiganâ€™s assistant attorney general toward openly gay Michigan Student Assembly President Chris Armstrong.
Described in the resolution as â€œacts of hatred and intimidationâ€ toward Armstrong, the resolution addresses these actions as a â€œthreat to all communities of higher education,â€ something serious enough to warrant ASCSUâ€™s attention.
â€œThis needs to be passed as quickly as possible,â€ said Sen. Ben Weiner.
â€œItâ€™s reprehensible whatâ€™s going on,â€ he said.
In his personal blog, Shirvell attacked Armstrongâ€™s character, declaring him a â€œracist with a â€˜radical homosexual agendaâ€™,â€ as reported by the Associated Press.
Now restricted from coming onto the Ann Arbor campus, with national questions of the limits of free speech and the rights of a public official sweeping through newsstands, Shirvell has taken a leave from office, with his possible questioning upon his return.
Despite broad support for the resolution, its relevance to CSU and the Senate came into question by some members.
Concerned about the importance of passing a â€œfeel-goodâ€ resolution, Sen. Matt Niemerg said heâ€™s â€œhesitant on doing any sort of endorsement on this action,â€ questioning the Senateâ€™s place in ratifying these types of motions.
But as a resolution moved to emergency status and then passed, it now stands to be sent not only to Shirvell and Armstrong, but also to Michiganâ€™s attorney general, Coloradoâ€™s attorney general and CSU President Tony Frank.
Design Editor and Copy Chief Alexandra Sieh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.