Canadian rocker Bryan Adams says he’s scrapping a show in Mississippi over concerns about LGBTQ rights.
The southern state has become the latest battleground between conservative state legislators and the LGBTQ community, after passing House Bill 1523 last Tuesday.
The bill allows government employees, religious groups, or private businesses to deny services to people based on personally held religious beliefs.
Those include that marriage be between a man and a woman, that sex should be restricted to marriage, and that gender is set at birth.
Adams, who was set to perform this Thursday in Biloxi, Mississippi, has now pulled the plug to protest the legislation, posting to Facebook that he “cannot in good conscience perform in a State where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.”
Two days ago, Bruce Springsteen canceled a show in North Carolina because of a newly passed House Bill 2, dubbed the “bathroom law”.
Bill 2 prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms of their choice and prevents LGBT individuals to sue over human rights violations in the workplace.
Mississippi now joins North Carolina and Georgia in attempting to pass state laws to restrict LGBTQ rights, and seems set to reap a similar backlash.
North Carolina’s move has drawn condemnation from organizations as large as the NBA, and cost it at least one film production.
Georgia’s governor vetoed a similar bill in that state after corporations and film companies, including Disney, threatened a boycott.