Saturday, November 18, 2023

US Supreme Court denies DeSantis' request to reinstate Florida's drag ban

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to reinstate a Republican Florida law that punishes businesses for allowing children into drag shows.

Restaurant chain Hamburger Mary’s, which features family-friendly drag performances, sued the state in May after arguing the law, and others like it, went against its First Amendment rights.

In a statement announcing the lawsuit, the chain argued that DeSantis was attempting to create a “false narrative” that drag queens are “grooming and recruiting your children” in an attempt to vilify LGBTQ people.

A federal judge blocked the law in June, stating that it was “dangerously susceptible to standardless, overbroad enforcement” which could have also banned pantomime performances or Shakespearean plays.

In response, DeSantis appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily remove the blockade while awaiting a verdict at the appeals court.

Conservative justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barret joined the Supreme Court’s more left-leaning judges in denying the state’s request. Then, until the Eleventh Circuit hears the case fully, the law will not be enforced in the state.

The decision comes as a huge win for a state that is considered one of the worst to live as an LGBTQ person in the U.S. because DeSantis and his hostile legislation to queer community.

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