The restaurant chain Hamburger Mary’s is suing Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida over its recently enacted ban on minors attending drag performances, claiming that the state is depriving it of its First Amendment right of free expression.
The suit, filed in federal court in central Florida, alleges that the law the governor signed into law Wednesday is so broad that it has “a chilling effect on protected speech.”
At issue is a measure the Republican-led Legislature approved in April that bars minors from attending drag shows with “lewd” performances. The governor has personally called for tighter restrictions around such shows, which he says “sexualize” children.