Thomas Parker, a Donald Trump-appointed judge, on Saturday, ruled that the Tennessee drag law is unconstitutional.

The law limited drag shows in public and places where children could be present. In his decision on Friday, US District Judge Thomas Parker wrote that the law was “unconstitutionally vague and substantially overbroad.” He added that it infringed upon the First Amendment right of drag performers.

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“The First Amendment provides that Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise.”

At least 26 bills have been introduced in the United States this year, limiting drag performers. Judge Parker said that the Tennessee law encouraged “discriminatory enforcement“.

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“There is no question that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment. But there is a difference between material that is ‘obscene’ in the vernacular, and material that is ‘obscene’ under the law. Simply put, no majority of the Supreme Court has held that sexually explicit — but not obscene — speech receives less protection than political, artistic, or scientific speech,” he added.

Who is Thomas Parker?

Thomas Parker is a district judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. He was appointed by former President Donald Trump in 2018.

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Parker was born in Memphis, Tennessee and is 60 years old. The judge received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1985 from the University of South Carolina. He then went on to receive a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University School of Law four years later.

The 60-year-old kicked off his career as an associate at Waring Cox Lawyers in Memphis. He then was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Tennessee for nine years.