Canadian singer Bryan Adams has cancelled a show in Mississippi to protest new state law that will let people with religious objections deny services to same-sex couples, the second major concert scrapped in the US South over discrimination concerns.
A week ago, rock star Bruce Springsteen called off a weekend concert in North Carolina to show his opposition to a new law there barring transgender people from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.
The cancellations come as US states consider legislation seen as restricting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
Supporters of the measures say they are needed to keep women and children safe in restrooms and to protect religious freedom after a US Supreme Court ruling last year legalised same-sex marriage.
Adams, who was set to perform on Thursday (local time), called the state’s measure “extremely discriminatory”.
“I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation,” Adams wrote on his website.
The law signed in Mississippi last week allows people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples and permits employers to cite religion in determining workplace policies on dress code, grooming and bathroom and locker access.
Ninety-five Mississippi writers, including best-selling author John Grisham, signed a letter released on Monday calling for a repeal of the law before it takes effect in July.
“There have always been people here battling injustice,” the letter said.
“That’s the version of Mississippi we believe in, and that’s the Mississippi we won’t stop fighting for.”
In North Carolina, several hundred people rallied in Raleigh on Monday in support of that state’s law, the first in the nation to require transgender people to choose bathrooms and locker rooms that match the gender on their birth certificate.
The law also bars local governments from enacting anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Bakar-Eid being celebrated
POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.
The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.
Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.
The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.
The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.Follow @gorkhapost