Bryan Adams cancels a show in Mississippi, citing the US state's new law


Canadian rock star Bryan Adams is cancelling a performance in Mississippi, citing the US state's new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples.

In a statement on Sunday night, Bryan said he is not playing Thursday's show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

The singer said he couldn't "in good conscience" perform in a state where "certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation."

Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams (Walter Bieri/AP)

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 anti-discrimination rules for the LGBT community.

The Mississippi law will take effect on July 1.

Supporters say it offers protection for Christians who adhere to traditional views of marriage and gender roles.