Judge Blocks Tennessee Law Protecting Children From Sexually Explicit Performances

A federal judge in Tennessee blocked a law on Friday that was intended to protect children from being exposed to “adult cabaret” performances, including sexually explicit drag shows. The law was temporarily blocked by U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker, who issued a temporary injunction against the law and said it was too vague and could be a violation of the First Amendment. “Does a citizen’s private residence count? How about a camping ground at a national park?” Parker said in his decision. “Ultimately, the Statute’s broad language clashes with the First Amendment’s tight constraints.”According to a summary of the law, it “creates an offense for a person who engages in an adult cabaret performance on public property or in a location where the adult cabaret performance could be viewed by a person who is not an adult.” The definition of adult cabaret performance in the law includes “male or female impersonators.” “I think we would all agree that some of the video we have seen recently of some of these drag shows that were quote-unquote family-friendly were anything but that. And …

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