Andrew Shirvell, the former Michigan assistant attorney general who gained fame and lost both his job and a $4.5M lawsuit against him for stalking and defaming former U of M student government president and gay rights activist Chris Armstrong, has had his own defamation and invasion of privacy lawsuit against Armstrong's attorney, Deborah Gordon, dismissed. From Shirvell's press release:
Judge Tarnow’s ruling sends the message that First Amendment protections only apply to certain individuals and not to others, especially conservative Christians who take a Biblical view of homosexuality. This is another sad day for the First Amendment and for justice.
Shirvell's lawsuit asserted that Gordon had described him as a “troubled and immature young man” who “seems to be delusional." Gordon asked for Shirvell to be examined by a psychiatrist or psychologist to see whether her statements were defamatory.