Assistant AG Loses $4.5 Million Suit for Anti-Gay Blog

A jury on Thursday awarded a gay University of Michigan student body president $4.5 million in his lawsuit against a former Michigan assistant attorney general who posted about him in an anti-gay blog. The U.S. District Court jury ruled in favor of Christopher Armstrong, who claimed he suffered distress after a blog created by Andrew Shirvell accused him of enticing minors with alcohol and recruiting people to become homosexual. Shirvell, who was representing himself, said the jury award was "grossly excessive" and that "juries give short shrift to First Amendment rights." WRCB has the AP story