Government & Courts

Tim Bostic and Tony London led the legal effort to end Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.  Photo courtesy American Foundation for Equal Rights

Culture clash: The times, they are a-changin’

As we have noted in the past, the Republican party’s traditional focus on the three G’s (God, guns and gays) has long served it well, electorally speaking. By embracing Christian piety and a maximalist interpretation of the Second Amendment while simultaneously courting social conservatives by fulminating against homosexuality and abortion, the GOP has made itself […]

Part of a city ordinance restricting panhandling—including soliciting money with signs—from portions of the Downtown Mall has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge. Photo: Jayson Whitehead

Panhandling payout: City to settle suit over anti-begging ordinance

The final chapter in a 4-year-old legal battle over a Charlottesville ordinance banning solicitation in certain areas of the Downtown Mall is playing out in favor of the free-speech advocates who challenged the rule. Last week, the City Council approved a nearly $126,000 settlement to the plaintiffs in the case, Albert Clatterbuck and Christopher Martin, […]