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MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Bryan Adams has become the latest musician to cancel a concert in the US south over anti-LGBT laws.

The Canadian rocker was due on stage in Mississippi on Wednesday but says he can't in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.

His decision comes days after Bruce Springsteen cancelled a concert in North Carolina in a protest against a new law in that state.

Brendan Trembath reports.

(Sound of "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams)

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Bryan Adams' folksy song about the sixties that become an anthem in the 80s won't be heard this week at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

The Canadian rocker has cancelled a concert at the last minute, justifying the move on Twitter:

TWEET: I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: The promoter is offering refunds and Adams suggests he might return some other time.

Anthony Craven the General Manager at WMSV a radio station in the university town of Starkville expects there to be some disappointment.

ANTHONY CRAVEN: Most people will just be upset that he's not coming, you know, just on a purely simple level.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: He suspects other musicians might take a similar stand.

The law in question was signed by the state governor just last week.

ANTHONY CRAVEN: And I guess one of the primary examples would be what if you have someone who has a venue that they will rent out to people from time to time to have their weddings at, and if a same-sex couples wants to rent it out and if the person owning it is Christian or Muslim or, you know, and says well I actually, I believe it's against my religion if I let you have your marriage here because I feel like it will make me complicit in what my religion teaches me is a sin.

So I think the original outset of the law was to provide some level of protection, but the way it has been written perhaps could open the door for people to use religious freedom as a veil to mask their discriminatory practices.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: One of Bryan Adam's newest songs is called, perhaps appropriately, "Do What You Gotta Do".

(Sound of "Do What You Gotta Do" by Bryan Adams)

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Bryan Adams won't be getting any airplay on WMSV and it's nothing to do with his politics.

ANTHONY CRAVEN: Our format is what's called in the industry a triple A adult album alternative and in most of the music that Bryan Adams has released, even back in the 80s and today, very little of it actually fits our particular format.

So, no, we don't currently have any Bryan Adams in the library.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Anthony Craven, a radio station general manager in Mississippi with Brendan Trembath.