Maroon 5 Joins Growing Number of Bands Boycotting North Carolina Over Anti-Gay Bill

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Maroon 5 performing on stage.

"This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band."

Maroon 5 announced on Friday the band was cancelling two upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh to protest North Carolina's new anti-gay legislation. 

"This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band," the group said in a statement posted on its website. "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."

Maroon 5 is one of numerous popular musical acts that have pushed back against the passing of House Bill 2, which prevents in-state municipalities from passing their own anti-discrimination regulations. And what's more, it prevents transgender individuals from using the bathroom for the sex with which they identify.

Other artists who have recently canceled shows in the state in protest include Bruce Springsteen, Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato.

"To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress," Springsteen said in an earlier statement. Meanwhile, Nick Jonas called the legislation a "hateful law."