Legal Action Threatened Over Portland’s Proposed Drag Show Ban

Nashville attorney Kevin Teets Jr. says the Tennessee Equality Project will sue the city of Portland if an ordinance that would ban drag shows passes, the Tennessean reports. This comes after the Portland City Council voted earlier this month to amend its adult-oriented business rules, which would ultimately ban Elite Drag Star Productions from holding drag shows. In a letter to the Portland city attorney and the Board of the Mayor and Alderman, Teets claims banning the show is a violation of free speech. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee also wrote the city saying "Because the Ordinance would be adopted to further the city's desire to restrict impersonators from performing or because of its disagreement with the message they convey, the regulations would be content-based and, therefore, unconstitutional." A second vote on the ordinance will be held this evening.

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