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Judge Lee H. Rosenthal, Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Photo: SPDuffy527 via Wikimedia Commons

A Houston federal judge has rejected an unusual attempt by a group of religious activists to ban “Drag Queen Storytime” at a public library based on their claim that the event violated the First Amendment by advancing a purported religion: secular humanism.

According to the decision in Christopher v. Lawson, the dispute centers on the events held last year at Houston’s Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library, which were advertised as appropriate for all ages and including “vibrant Queens who will help instill a sense of love and acceptance in our children while encouraging them to be true to themselves.”

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John Council

Senior reporter John Council is a native Texan who covers litigation and appellate courts in his home state. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter: @john_council

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