A federal appeals court has blocked a Florida law seeking to ban children from drag shows, in a blow for Governor Ron DeSantis.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed a ruling by District Judge Gregory Presnell that the anti-drag bill was not “sufficiently narrowly tailored” to protect free speech.

The DeSantis administration is appealing Presnell’s ruling, issued in June, and his preliminary injunction that prevents Florida from enacting its law. The state’s lawyers had requested a partial stay of the injunction, but this was rejected by the appeals court on Wednesday.

In its 2-1 decision, the court warned that “there is a potential for extraordinary harm and a serious chill upon protected speech” if the law is allowed to stay in place until Florida’s full appeal is heard.

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