Lee signs bill to ban drag shows

The Senate on Thursday morning gave final approval to a bill to ban drag shows on public property or where children are present. By the afternoon of the same day, Gov. Bill Lee had signed the measure into law.

The governor’s office did not give a reason for the lightning turnaround, but the Republican’s advisers are likely hopeful to move on from the national attention he has received following the emergence of high school yearbook pictures showing Lee dressed in women’s clothing.

Lee replied angrily to a questions from a liberal activist about the photos during a press gaggle earlier this week.

“What a ridiculous, ridiculous question that is, conflating something like that,” Lee said. “Sexualized entertainment in front of children is a very serious subject.”

Two protesters were arrested at a Memphis ribbon-cutting Lee attended later in the week.  “Drag is not a crime,” one of them shouted before being hauled away by police.


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