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Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show over new gay laws

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is cancelling 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 that he was cancelling a show on Thursday 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 cancelled a Sunday show in 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.

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