The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to reinstate Florida’s law banning children from drag shows, with Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and John Roberts voting with their liberal colleagues.
“To begin with, although Florida strongly disagrees with the District Court’s First Amendment analysis, Florida’s stay application to this Court does not raise that First Amendment issue,” Justice Kavanaugh wrote in a statement explaining his vote, adding, “Therefore, the Court’s denial of the stay indicates nothing about our view on whether Florida’s new law violates the First Amendment.”
This past May, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed into law the “Protection of Children Act,” which would essentially ban children from “adult live performances” that feature sexual or lewd conduct. Though it had no mention of drag queen shows, the law was largely interpreted as a direct attempt to curtail businesses from advertising shows that feature drag queens as family-friendly events.