Federal judge blocks Tennessee law restricting drag shows

April 02, 2023

A federal judge temporarily blocked a Tennessee law restricting drag shows on Friday, the day before it was set to go into effect. U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker granted a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of the law for two weeks, finding that it was “likely both vague and overly-broad.”The law, signed by Gov. Bill Lee (R) last month, criminalized drag shows that take place in public or where they could be seen by children. What if a minor browsing the worldwide web from a public library views an ‘adult cabaret performance’?” Parker said in Friday’s ruling. “The Court finds that, as it stands, the record here suggests that when the legislature passed this Statute, it missed the mark.”