Maroon 5 joined the many musicians in protesting North Carolina’s House Bill 2 by canceling two upcoming shows in the state, in Raleigh and Charlotte.

“This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band,” the band said in a statement on its website. “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.”

The shows were scheduled for Sept. 11 and Sept. 12.

Bruce Springsteen was the first major artist to cancel a show in response to the bill, which requires that transgender people in the state use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the sex that appears on their birth certificates. Read more…

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Maroon 5 cancels North Carolina shows over anti-LGBT bill