Comedian Tracy Morgan cancels Mississippi gig over anti-LGBT law


Comedian Tracy Morgan has cancelled a gig in Mississippi over the US state's controversial new law that allows religious groups to refuse services to gay people.

The former Saturday Night Live star said he would only reschedule his planned performance once the legislation had been "either repealed or heavily amended".

Mississippi's incoming law would allow certain workers, including some in private businesses, to cite religious beliefs to deny services to gay lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Tracy Morgan and wife Megan Wollover
Tracy Morgan and wife Megan Wollover (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

The Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino - which was due to host the gig on April 29 - said ticketholders would be refunded.

A spokesman for Tracy said the comedian "did not make this decision lightly".

"He very much looks forward to rescheduling his tour dates in the area after the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act is either repealed or heavily amended," the spokesman said.

Singer-songwriter Bryan Adams also cancelled a performance in Mississippi
Singer-songwriter Bryan Adams also cancelled a performance in Mississippi (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Several states and cities have banned official travel to Mississippi over the bill. Rock singer Bryan Adams cancelled a performance in the state in opposition.

Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr and Boston have also cancelled gigs in North Carolina over its controversial transgender public toilet law.

The state's legislation dictates that people must use toilets and changing rooms based on the gender recorded on their birth certificate, which campaigners say discriminates against trans people.