Arkansas Senate Passes Bill Classifying Drag Shows as ‘Adult-Oriented’

Republican lawmakers in Arkansas forwarded legislation on Tuesday that designates drag shows as “adult-oriented businesses,” a move meant to prevent minors from attending.

The measure also outlaws the performances “intended to appeal to the prurient interest” on public property and now heads to the state House of Representatives, where Republicans hold a massive 82-18 majority.

Arkansas state Sen. Gary Stubblefield, who introduced the bill earlier this month, argued during a hearing before the 29-6 vote that his legislation was drafted to protect children from sexually explicit content.

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