Maroon 5 have become the latest band to cancel planned gigs in North Carolina, after the state passed an anti-LGBT law that forces transgender people to use the public bathroom of their sex at birth.
The band, fronted by Adam Levine, described their decision as “difficult”, but said it was the “morally right” thing to do.
A statement posted on the band’s website read: “We have announced that we will be canceling our upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina because of the recent passage of the HB2 legislation. This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band. We don’t want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right.”
Before the cancellation, the band were due to play shows in the city of Charlotte on September 11 and Raleigh on September 12.
The band join the likes of Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, and Bruce Springsteen who have all previously announced their decisions to cancel shows in North Carolina after the controversial legislation was passed.
Describing his decision to cancel shows in North Carolina, Springsteen previously said: “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”