Sunday, October 25, 2009
DC closes "social club" for zoning violations: a "libertarian" issue?
The Washington Blade has a front page story Oct. 23, 2009 by Lou Chibbaro, Jr., “D.C. Court closes Men’s Parties following death: Attorney general says gatherings occurred without a business license,” link here.
I attended one of these parties in the 1990s, and I seem to recall that at one time there was an age limit. You called a phone number to get the location. The entity says that it is a “non-profit gathering” but the District of Columbia says that is a “business.” So the case is turning into an example-setter of concern to libertarians, about zoning laws. Zoning concerns do affect the operation of gay bars and gay clubs as a whole. This has been an issue of particular interest to libertarians.