‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL’: Trump-Appointed Judge Rejects Tennessee’s Anti-Drag Law

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s first-in-the-nation law designed to place strict limits on drag shows is unconstitutional, a federal judge says. The law is both “unconstitutionally vague and substantially overbroad” and encouraged “discriminatory enforcement,” according to the ruling late Friday by U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump.

“There is no question that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment. But there is a difference between material that is ‘obscene’ in the vernacular, and material that is ‘obscene’ under the law,” Parker said.

“Simply put, no majority of the Supreme Court has held that sexually explicit — but not obscene — speech receives less protection than political, artistic, or scientific speech,” he said.

The proposed law aimed to prohibit adult cabaret performances in public places or any location where minors might be present. Violators of the law could face misdemeanor or felony charges for repeat offenses.

One concerning aspect highlighted by Parker was the potential impact on performers, such as a female artist dressed as Elvis Presley, who could be considered a “male impersonator” and face penalties under the drag law. Friends of George’s, an LGBTQ+ theater company in Memphis, raised concerns about the law’s potential negative consequences for their drag-centric performances, comedy sketches, and plays that are not age-restricted.

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