Bryan Adams cancels show due to new LGBT law

FILE - Canadian singer Bryan Adams, right, signs autographs for fans in the rain, after being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles Monday, March 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
FILE - Canadian singer Bryan Adams, right, signs autographs for fans in the rain, after being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles Monday, March 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state's new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples.

Adams said in a statement Sunday night that he was canceling a show Thursday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

The singer says he can't "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 canceled a Sunday 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 July 1. Supporters say it offers protection for Christians who adhere to traditional views of marriage and gender roles.

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