A new version of an ordinance banning drag shows in Portland passed its first reading.
The new version was introduced by the city's Board of Mayor and Aldermen. It included language from a case study that links "Sexually Oriented Businesses" to prostitution, sex crimes, and lowered property values.
The new version could allow the town to avoid any free speech issues. It passed first reading with little discussion.
Opponents said drag shows have no business being lumped in with strip clubs or other adult businesses.