The Richmond City Council has asked its city attorney to explore whether it could enact free speech limits during council meetings, but city officials have been told that silencing the people who disrupt meetings is most likely unconstitutional.
A Richmond city councilwoman is proposing a resolution to crack down on disruptions that frequently derail the City’s Council meetings.
A City Council meeting was brought to a standstill in Richmond on Tuesday night when raucous protesters had to be escorted out by police, a councilman said.
Anti-gay language spouted at Richmond City Council meetings has prompted action from the city’s Human Relations Commission, but is also raising issues about free speech.
The first openly gay city council member in Richmond said she never expected a backlash from raising the rainbow gay pride flag at city hall, especially since it’s not the first time the flag has flown there.