AutoLink, or "Linkify" as it is often called, worked like a charm. After setting the attribute I was able to click on a link and open it in the browser automatically. The problem was that after setting this attribute I was unable to click anywhere else on the listview row.
It took a good bit of searching and documentation browsing but I finally found a solution. In order to have both the link and the listview item clickable you need to set the descendantFocusability attiribute in the parent layout to "blocksDescendants". android:descendantFocusability="blocksDescendants" in the parent layout. If you check the documentation for ReleativeLayout you will find that blocksDescendants is described as:
"This view will block any of its descendants from getting focus, even if they are focusable" .