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Texas law banning drag performances in front of children ruled unconstitutional by federal judge

The Texas law dubbed the “Drag Ban” that restricted “sexually oriented performances” in the presence of a child or on public property was ruled unconstitutional on Tuesday by a federal judge, who issued a permanent injunction that bars state officials from enforcing it.

Senate Bill 12 was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in June and was set to go into effect Sep. 1, but it was blocked after being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed a lawsuit against the law last month.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge David Hittner for the Southern District of Texas said the law was “an unconstitutional restriction on speech” and that it “violates the First Amendment as incorporated to Texas by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to Paxton’s office for comment.

Fox News’ Greg Wehner contributed to this report.

Brandon Gillespie is an associate editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_cg.

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