Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi concert over new religious law
Bryan Adams has cancelled a concert in Mississippi over the US state’s new controversial religious liberty law.
The law, which allows some private businesses and religious groups to refuse service to gay people, was passed last week.
The singer issued a statement saying he could not “in good conscience” perform in the state.
He added he found it “incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against”.
He was due to play the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on Thursday.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed HB1523 into law on 5 April amid opposition from equal rights groups and businesses.
Mississippi has passed anti-LGBT ‘Religious Liberty’ bill 1523. I find it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi. 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 14 April 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. I look forward to that day. #stop1523