Maroon 5 Stands With Queer Community By Canceling NC Shows

"[I]n the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right."
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Maroon 5 won't be bringing their Jagger-like moves to North Carolina later this year.

The band is the latest act to cancel performances in the state because of its discriminatory new law.

The band took to their website Friday to announce the cancellation of their September 11 and 12 shows slated for Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, due to the HB2 legislation, which bans transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity and enables discrimination against queer people living in the state.

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 AS WE FEEL EVERYONE SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY.

Other artists have cancelled shows in the state in support of the LGBT community, including Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato. Beyoncé did not cancel her Formation Tour stop in North Carolina, but posted a message supporting a local equality group to show her stance on the situation.

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