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Tennessee’s Drag Ban Gets Green Light from Appeals Court

lower court’s ruling that the AEA was an unconstitutional infringement on performers’ First Amendment rights.The judges also lifted an injunction that prohibited local authorities in Shelby County — which encompasses the city of Memphis and its suburbs — from enforcing the law Writing for the court, Nalbandian found that the Memphis-based LGBTQ theater company, Friends of George’s (FOG), lacked legal standing to sue over the law, because its “drag-centric performances, comedy sketches, and plays” did not meet specific criteria under Tennessee law to be considered “harmful to minors.”As a result, he argued, the theater company failed to prove it was at risk of potential future prosecution and lacked standing to bring the lawsuit.Nalbandian and Siler declined to address whether the law’s content violated the First Amendment.But Circuit Judge Andre Mathis, a Biden appointee, noted in a dissenting opinion that the majority’s ruling conflicts with both past 6th Circuit precedent, as well as Supreme Court precedent.Mathis argued that Friends of George’s had standing to sue because the content of their skits might be considered “adult-oriented performances.”And because the theater where the troupe performs does not distinguish between adult and child ticket holders, and does not card all patrons, a handful of minors could end up seeing the shows — thus violating the law, and making the theater company subject to prosecution.Mathis found that the AEA is not simply a “time, place, or manner restriction” that might otherwise be considered reasonable, but rather a content-based restriction targeting shows that lawmakers may personally deem offensive or objectionable — a clear violation of the First Amendment.Tennessee Attorney
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Tennessee’s Drag Ban Gets Green Light from Appeals Court
lower court’s ruling that the AEA was an unconstitutional infringement on performers’ First Amendment rights.The judges also lifted an injunction that prohibited local authorities in Shelby County — which encompasses the city of Memphis and its suburbs — from enforcing the law Writing for the court, Nalbandian found that the Memphis-based LGBTQ theater company, Friends of George’s (FOG), lacked legal standing to sue over the law, because its “drag-centric performances, comedy sketches, and plays” did not meet specific criteria under Tennessee law to be considered “harmful to minors.”As a result, he argued, the theater company failed to prove it was at risk of potential future prosecution and lacked standing to bring the lawsuit.Nalbandian and Siler declined to address whether the law’s content violated the First Amendment.But Circuit Judge Andre Mathis, a Biden appointee, noted in a dissenting opinion that the majority’s ruling conflicts with both past 6th Circuit precedent, as well as Supreme Court precedent.Mathis argued that Friends of George’s had standing to sue because the content of their skits might be considered “adult-oriented performances.”And because the theater where the troupe performs does not distinguish between adult and child ticket holders, and does not card all patrons, a handful of minors could end up seeing the shows — thus violating the law, and making the theater company subject to prosecution.Mathis found that the AEA is not simply a “time, place, or manner restriction” that might otherwise be considered reasonable, but rather a content-based restriction targeting shows that lawmakers may personally deem offensive or objectionable — a clear violation of the First Amendment.Tennessee Attorney
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How much are Chris Stapleton ‘All-American Roadshow Tour’ tickets?
Chris Stapleton fans.From now until August, the ten-time Grammy winner might be making a pit stop at a venue near you along with his ongoing ‘All-American Roadshow Tour.’That includes a stop at Buffalo, NY’s Darien Lake Center on Thursday, July 11.Based on our findings at Set List FM, the 46-year-old singer has been performing classic hits (think “Tennessee Whiskey” and “You Should Probably Leave”) as well as cuts from his recently released 2023 album “Higher.”Better yet, big name special guests Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Marcus King, Nikki Lane, Allen Stone, Marty Stuart and Grace Potter will join him on select dates of what’s left of the tour.The best news of all though?Last-minute tickets are still available for all upcoming ‘All American Roadshow Tour’ concerts.At the time of publication, the lowest price we could find on tickets for any one show was $33 before fees on Vivid Seats.For more information — including details about Stapleton’s festival appearances, international dates and George Strait gigs — we have everything you need to know and more about seeing Chris Stapleton live in the near future below.All prices listed above are subject to fluctuation.A complete calendar including all tour dates, venues and links to buy tickets can be found below.(Note: The New York Post confirmed all above prices at the publication time. All prices are in US dollars, subject to fluctuation and, if it isn’t noted, will include additional fees at checkout.)Vivid Seats is a verified secondary market ticketing platform, and prices may be higher or lower than face value, depending on demand.
Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Tennessee is only the 36th largest but the 16th most populous of the 50 United States. Tennessee is bordered by eight states, with Kentucky to the north, Virginia to the northeast, North Carolina to the east, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south, Arkansas to the west, and Missouri to the northwest. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms the state's western border. Nashville is the state's capital and largest city, with a 2017 population of 667,560 and a 2017 metro population of 1,903,045. Tennessee's second largest city is Memphis, which had a population of 652,236 in 2017.
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