Liberal country star Maren Morris dared authorities in Tennessee to arrest her after telling the crowd at the “Love Rising” concert she had introduced her 2-year-old son to Drag Queens at the event.
The 32-year-old singer joined a host of other performers on Monday at the LGBTQ+ benefits concert held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Various stars sang and raised money to fight legislation banning transgender procedures for minors and drag shows in the presence of children, Billboard magazine reported.
When it was Morris’ turn to perform, she told the audience that earlier in the day she had introduced her toddler son to several drag queens in their dressing rooms.
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Morris said her son was “delighted” to watch the drag queens work on their hair and makeup while preparing for the show.
“Yes, I introduced my son to some drag queens today, so Tennessee, f***ing arrest me,” Morris told the audience.
She went on to sing her 2020 hit “Better Than We Found It,” then took the stage with drag performer Alexia Noelle to sing Morris’ 2018 song, “In the Middle.”
On March 2, Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Lee signed two pieces of legislation into law protecting children from sex-change procedures and sexually explicit drag shows.
The new law against sex-change treatments targets procedures such as mastectomies on girls who identify as boys and prohibits providing children with cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers. The bill passed the Republican-controlled state House by a vote of 77-16.
In January, Morris apologized to “LGBTQ+ members” on behalf of the entire country music genre.
“Coming from country music and its relationship with LGBTQ+ members, I just want to say I’m sorry,” Morris said in a video clip. “I love you guys for making me feel like a brave voice in country music. So I just thank you guys so much for inspiring me.”
Leif Le Mahieu contributed to this report.