April 13, 2016 / 8:27 PM / a year ago

Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina show in protest of LGBT law

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Ringo Starr performs during the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio April 18, 2015.Aaron Josefczyk

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Musician Ringo Starr said on Wednesday he was canceling a performance planned for June in Cary, North Carolina, in protest of a state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

"I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred," the former drummer for The Beatles said in a statement. "Spread peace and love."

Reporting by Colleen Jenkins and Letitia Stein; Editing by Alan Crosby

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