Bryan Adams canceled his upcoming Thursday show in Biloxi, Mississippi, to protest a new "religious freedom" law signed by Gov. Phil Bryant last week that many perceive as discriminatory toward LGBT people.
Adams posted a message on his Instagram page stating that he will not perform in the state this week, pointing to the law as the reason.
"I find it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi," Adams said his post. "I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.
"Therefore I'm cancelling my (April 14) show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Using my voice I stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill. Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans."
NBC News reported
that the Mississippi law prevents state government agencies from taking action against state employees, individuals, organizations, and private associations that deny services to someone based on religious objections.
The law protects those with religious objections against same-sex marriage, transgender rights, and even extramarital sexual relationships.
Adams follows in the steps of Bruce Springsteen, who canceled a performance Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina, because of a new law there that prohibits transgender individuals from using the restroom associated with their gender identity, according to Fox News Insider blog
The new measure, called the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also prevents local governments there from prohibiting discrimination in public places based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
"To my mind, it's an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress," Springsteen said
in a statement on his website last week as he announced the concert cancellation.
North Carolina U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, though, called Springsteen "a bully" for canceling Sunday's concert, according to The Hollywood Reporter
"Bruce is known to be on the radical left and he's got every right to be so, but I consider this a bully tactic," Walker said. "It's like when a kid gets upset and says he's going to take his ball and go home."
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