Maroon 5 cancels North Carolina shows over LGBT laws

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Maroon 5 won’t be going to North Carolina anytime soon.

The pop band has canceled two upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh due to the recent passage of the state’s anti-LGBT law, the band announced on its website Friday.

“This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band,” the group said in the statement. “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 set to take place on September 11 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte and at PNC Arena in Raleigh on September 12.

“We feel everyone should be treated equally,” the band added.

Tickets to the shows in both Charlotte and Raleigh will be refunded at point of purchase.

The popular band led by singer Adam Levine is the latest of many musical acts to pull out performing in the state due to North Carolina’s HB2 law.

In April, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band canceled its show in Greensboro while rock band Pearl Jam canceled its show in Raleigh.

Other cancellations include Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, who are touring in tandem, Boston, and Ringo Starr. In addition, Cirque du Soleil dropped its North Carolina shows.

The state’s law, HB2, requires individuals to use bathrooms of the gender on their birth certificate. It passed in March and has caused controversy and drawn fervent criticism.

Some companies have also reacted in opposition. Deutsche Bank and PayPal pulled the plug on plans to expand in North Carolina, cost the state 650 jobs.