Show off due to rights law
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is cancelling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the US state’s new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples. Adams (pictured) said in a statement that he was cancelling a show on Thursday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. The singer said 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 cancelled a Sunday show in Greensboro, North Carolina, because of the state’s new law blocking antidiscrimination rules for the LGBT community. The Mississippi law will take effect on July 1. Supporters of the law say it offers protection for Christians who adhere to traditional views of marriage and gender roles.