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Bryan Adams Cancels Mississippi Concert Over ‘Religious Liberty’ Law

Bryan Adams Cancels Show North Carolina
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Bryan Adams cancelled a show planned for Thursday in Biloxi, Miss., in protest of the state’s passage of a religious liberty bill.

On his Facebook page, Adams said that he “cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.”

He was scheduled to perform at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

“Using my voice I stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill,” he said. “Hopefully, Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all my many fans. I look forward to that day.”

Mississippi’s law will take effect on July 1. Supporters say it is needed to provide protection to those whose religious beliefs do not align with same-sex marriage. The law allows businesses, on the basis of religious beliefs, to deny services for the recognition or celebration of a marriage.

A number of entertainment industry figures and companies have been speaking out against legislation that has been pending or has passed in southern states.

On Friday, Bruce Springsteen cancelled a concert planned in North Carolina over the state’s passage last month of legislation that would invalidate local LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances.

Georgia’s governor, Nathan Deal, vetoed a religious liberty bill last month after studios such as Disney and Marvel threatened to withhold production from the state if the legislation went into effect.

On Monday, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Tennessee Equality Project were scheduled to hold a press conference in Nashville to call on the country music industry to speak out against legislation pending in that state.

Update: John Grisham was among 95 writers who issued a letter on Monday calling for the repeal of the Mississippi law.