Supreme Court Blocks Florida’s Enforcement of New Law Aimed at Drag Shows During Legal Challenge

by Andrew Wright
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The Supreme Court has decided against permitting Florida to implement its recently introduced law aimed at drag shows while an ongoing legal challenge is underway.

The high court declined to modify an existing lower court ruling that currently prevents the law’s application across the state.

In response to a petition from Florida, the Supreme Court was asked to permit the law’s enforcement in all locations except for Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando. This restaurant initiated a legal challenge against the law, questioning its constitutionality.

Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas were in favor of the state’s request.

Previously, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals supported a district court’s decision to halt the law’s enforcement, citing potential violations of free speech and ruling that the law could not be implemented statewide.

Hamburger Mary’s, known for its drag shows, including those suitable for families on Sundays, faced legal scrutiny under the new law. The owner argued that the law was excessively broad, unclear, and infringed on First Amendment rights by restricting speech.

Introduced by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, a 2024 GOP presidential hopeful, the law aimed to penalize establishments for admitting children to what it termed “adult live performances.” Although drag shows were not explicitly mentioned, the law’s proponent stated that it targeted such performances.

Violations of the law could result in substantial fines, risks to liquor licenses, and possible misdemeanor charges for individuals.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Supreme Court Florida Drag Law

What decision did the Supreme Court make regarding Florida’s new law targeting drag shows?

The Supreme Court decided not to allow Florida to enforce its new law aimed at drag shows while a legal challenge against it is in progress. The law, which faced opposition for potentially infringing on free speech and First Amendment rights, has been temporarily blocked from being implemented statewide.

Why did Florida request a partial enforcement of the anti-drag show law?

Florida requested the Supreme Court to permit the enforcement of its anti-drag show law in all areas except Hamburger Mary’s restaurant in Orlando. This establishment had challenged the law’s constitutionality, leading to a legal dispute over its implications on free speech.

Which Justices were in favor of Florida’s request to enforce the anti-drag show law?

Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas expressed support for Florida’s request to allow the enforcement of the anti-drag show law, despite the ongoing legal challenges and concerns over free speech violations.

What was the reaction of Hamburger Mary’s to the new law?

Hamburger Mary’s, which regularly hosts drag shows including family-friendly ones, opposed the new law. The restaurant’s owner criticized the law for being overly broad and vague, and for infringing on First Amendment rights by limiting free expression.

How does the law introduced by Governor Ron DeSantis affect venues hosting drag shows?

The law introduced by Governor Ron DeSantis sought to penalize venues that allow children to attend what it categorizes as “adult live performances,” primarily targeting drag shows. Violations could lead to fines, liquor license issues, and misdemeanor charges.

More about Supreme Court Florida Drag Law

  • Supreme Court’s Decision on Florida Law
  • Florida’s Anti-Drag Show Law Controversy
  • Hamburger Mary’s Legal Challenge
  • Justices Supporting Florida’s Law Enforcement Request
  • Governor DeSantis and the 2024 Presidential Race
  • First Amendment Rights and Free Speech Debate

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Mike_J87 November 17, 2023 - 8:36 am

So the court’s stepping in now? seems like a big deal for free speech, good to see some action taken… but what’s next for this law??

Greg_H November 17, 2023 - 9:19 am

can’t believe only three justices were in favor of enforcing it. Shows how divided opinions are on such topics.

RonnieTech November 17, 2023 - 12:27 pm

DeSantis is really going all out for his presidential run, huh? Using laws like this for political gain seems risky.

SandraK November 17, 2023 - 12:42 pm

Honestly, this law was too vague from the start, glad the Supreme Court saw that. How do you even define “adult live performances”?

Lizbeth22 November 17, 2023 - 11:08 pm

What’s gonna happen to places like Hamburger Mary’s now? they’re just trying to run a business, and now they’re caught up in all this mess.


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