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Mark Wassberg used Tuesday night's public comment forum at the Richmond City Council meeting to label gay citizens "filth and dirt." (CBS)

Richmond Council Backing Off Plan To Ban Anti-Gay Speakers; Disruptions Continue

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.

07/16/2014

Richmond City Hall

Councilwoman Proposes Options To Crack Down On Hecklers At Richmond Meetings

A Richmond city councilwoman is proposing a resolution to crack down on disruptions that frequently derail the City’s Council meetings.

07/01/2014

Police remove protesters from Richmond City Council chambers Tuesday. (City of Richmond)

Raucous Protesters Disrupt Richmond City Council Meeting

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.

07/24/2013

Richmond City Hall

Anti-Gay Speech At Richmond City Council Meetings Prompts Response

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.

07/23/2013

Pride Flag (credit: Ludovic Bertron/Wikipedia Commons)

Openly Gay Richmond Councilmember Surprised By Backlash Over Pride Flag

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.

06/24/2013

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