Wednesday 28 September 2016

Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show over anti-gay laws

Published 11/04/2016 | 06:41

Adams' move comes a day after Bruce Springsteen cancelled a concert in North Carolina in solidarity with the LGBT community
Adams' move comes a day after Bruce Springsteen cancelled a concert in North Carolina in solidarity with the LGBT community

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams has cancelled a performance in Mississippi, citing the state's new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples.

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The cancelled show was due to take place on Thursday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

The Run To You singer said he cannot "in good conscience" perform in a state where "certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation".

The move comes after Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band cancelled a show in Greensboro, North Carolina, because of the state's new law blocking anti-discrimination rules for the LGBT community.

The Mississippi law will take effect on July 1. Supporters say it offers protection for Christians who adhere to traditional views of marriage and gender roles.

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