April 11 (Reuters) - Canadian singer Bryan Adams has canceled a show in Mississippi to protest a new state law that will let people with religious objections deny services to same-sex couples, the second major concert scrapped in the U.S. South over discrimination concerns.
On Friday, U.S. 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 a number of U.S. 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 U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year legalized same-sex marriage.
Adams, who was set to perform on Thursday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, 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. "Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans."
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Canadian Bryan Adams performs on stage during an Open Air concert in the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich, Switzerland, Sunday, June 20, 1999. (AP Photo/Martin Ruetschi)
Wynonna Judd, left, and Bryan Adams sing "Raised on Robbery" during Turner Network Television's "All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell," Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
Canadian rock star Bryan Adams performs on his world tour at the sold out Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday, Dec. 3, 2001. (AP PHOTO/KEYSTONE/Franco Greco)
American director Kelly Asbury ,left, Canadian pop star Bryan Adams, center, and American director Lorna Cook pose before the screening of their animated film " Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron", which is out of competition at the 55th International Film Festival in Cannes, south eastern France, Saturday, May 18, 2002. (AP Photo/Patrick Gardin)
Canadian pop star Bryan Adams, right, and American producer Geffrey Katzenberg, smile as they arrive for the screening of their animated film "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," directed by Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook, which is out of competition at the 55th International Film Festival in Cannes, south eastern France, Saturday, May 18, 2002. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Bryan Adams, playing his bass guitar with a hand broken in a motorcycle accident, performs on the NBC "Today" show Summer Concert Series in New York's Rockefeller Center, Friday, May 24, 2002. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Canadian Bryan Adams performs at the Golden Jubilee pop concert in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in London Monday June 3, 2002. Around 12,000 members of the public attended a concert hosted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II which featured music from Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Tom Jones among others. (AP Photo /WPA, Stephen Hird)
Canadian musician Bryan Adams during the German TV bets show "Wetten, dass..?" (Bet, that..?) in the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, France, Saturday evening, July 6, 2002. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)
Canadian rock star Bryan Adams performs on stage in the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, late Monday, Nov. 18, 2002. (AP Photo/Keystone/Eddy Risch)
Canadian rock star Bryan Adams performs during a concert in Basel, Switzerland, Thursday evening, Dec 2, 2004. (AP Photo/Keystone, Patrick Straub)
Canadian rock star Bryan Adams performs in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004. Adams in on tour in India performing in New Delhi and the southern city of Bangalore. (AP Photo/Sebastian John)
Canadian rock star Bryan Adams delivers an acceptance speech during the Golden Kamera media award ceremony in Berlin Wednesday evening, Feb. 9, 2005. Adams was awarded in the category "Pop International". (AP Photo/ Jan Bauer)
Pop star Bryan Adams receives a bouquet before his news conference in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006. Adams will perform Sunday night to raise money for victims of the mammoth South Asian earthquake that killed 87,000 and left millions homeless. (AP Photo/Adnan Ali)
Rock star Bryan Adams performs on stage during his concert in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, late Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005.(AP Photo/Str)
Canadian rock star Bryan Adams performs on stage during his free concert in front of Rome's Colosseum, Monday, July 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Canadian rock singer, guitarist and songwriter Bryan Adams performs during his Athology Tour at Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/CTK, Peter Lazar) ***SLOVAKIA OUT***
Canadian singer Bryan Adams performs during the International Song Festival in Vina del Mar, Chile, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Santiago Llanquin)
Canadian rock singer Bryan Adams arrives at the Memorial Service for Diana, Princess of Wales at the Guards Chapel on Birdcage Walk in Central London, 31 August 2007. The Princess died 10 years ago today in a car crash in Paris with her partner, Dodi Al-Fayed. (AP Photo/Leon Neal, Pool)
Canadian rock star Bryan Adams performs during his concert in Zurich, Switzerland, on Saturday, March 15, 2008. Adams is on tour to promote his new album "11". (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt)
Canadian singer Bryan Adams performs during a concert at the Monumental Stadium in Lima, Sunday, April 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Der kanadische Saenger Bryan Adams tritt am Dienstag, 29. April 2008 in einem Fernsehstudio in Huerth bei Koeln auf. Dort wird die 50. Folge der "Chart Show" aufgezeichnet, die am Freitag 2. Mai 2008 unter dem Motto "erfolgreichste Rock Classics" beim Fernsehsender RTL um 21.15 Uhr ausgestrahlt wird. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz) --- Canadian singer Bryan Adams performs in a TV-studio in Huerth, western Germany, near Cologne, on Tuesday, April 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)
Canadian singer and photographer Bryan Adams poses during a photo call in front of two pictures of his exhibition "Hear the World ambassadors" with 22 black and white pictures in Berlin, Wednesday, May 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)
Canadian singer Bryan Adams is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles Monday, March 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Canadian rock star Bryan Adams stands beside of one of his photo prints showing British singer Amy Winehouse during the opening of his exhibition in Duesseldorf, Germany, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Adams shows 150 pictures of his photo work like celebrity portraits, but also a series of portraits of injured soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Bryan Adams arrives to watch the show by Vivienne Westwood during London Fashion Week, at the Saatchi Gallery in west London, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Singer-songwriter Bryan Adams performs in concert during his âReckless - 30th Anniversary Tour 2015â at the Delaware State Fair on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Harrington, Del. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
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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 bestselling 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.
The supporters wore pins that read "No men in women's bathrooms" and thanked Republican Governor Pat McCrory for standing firm against attacks on the measure, WTVD-TV reported.
Executives from dozens of U.S. corporations have urged both North Carolina and Mississippi officials to repeal their laws, condemning them as discriminatory.