Comedian Tracy Morgan scraps planned Mississippi performance

FILE - In this March 30, 2016 file photo, Tracy Morgan attends FX Networks upfront premiere of "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" at the AMC Empire 25, in New York. Morgan has scrapped a scheduled April 29 performance in Mississippi, citing its contested religious-objections bill for his decision. The Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, confirmed the cancellation, saying ticket holders would be refunded.

FILE - In this March 30, 2016 file photo, Tracy Morgan attends FX Networks upfront premiere of "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" at the AMC Empire 25, in New York. Morgan has scrapped a scheduled April 29 performance in Mississippi, citing its contested religious-objections bill for his decision. The Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, confirmed the cancellation, saying ticket holders would be refunded. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan has scrapped a scheduled April 29 performance in Mississippi, citing its contested religious-objections bill for his decision.

The Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino on Tuesday confirmed the cancellation, saying ticket holders would be refunded.

Mississippi’s incoming law would allow certain workers, including some in private businesses, to cite religious beliefs to deny services to gay lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. It takes effect July 1.

In a statement, Tracy Morgan said he didn’t make the decision lightly. He says he looks forward to rescheduling in the region should the measure be “either repealed or heavily amended.”

Several states and cities have banned official travel to Mississippi over the bill. Rock singer Bryan Adams canceled a recently planned appearance in Biloxi over it.

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