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Ringo Starr cancels in North Carolina over law

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Ringo Starr has joined Bruce Springsteen in taking action over a North Carolina law that blocks anti-discrimination laws for the LGBT community.

The rocker and former Beatle said in a statement Wednesday that he has cancelled his June 18 concert in Cary, North Carolina, in opposition to the passage of the bill. Starr said he was sorry to disappoint fans, “but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love.”

Several musicians and entertainers have protested laws and legislation in several states that opponents say is discriminatory toward gay, bisexual and transgender people.

A joint statement on Wednesday from the Recording Industry Association of America, a trade group representing music labels, and the Music Business Association, representing music retailers and services, condemned similar legislation in Tennessee.

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