Ringo Starr cancels show in North Carolina

Ringo Starr is the latest artist to cancel an event in North Carolina after the state passed a bill which removed anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community.

The former Beatles drummer announced on Wednesday he would not perform in the state on June 18.

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

Last week, Bruce Springsteen canceled his April 10 show in Greensboro, North Carolina. In a statement on his website, Springsteen said this law burdens the LGBT community and strips them of the ability to protect themselves when their human rights are violated.

"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 the statement.

Companies with planned North Carolina expansion and their responses to the law

Company name
# of Jobs
Location (in NC)
Money invested (millions)
Paypal 400 Charlotte $3.6 Halted plans
Braeburn Pharmaceuticals 52 Durham County $19.9 Reevaluating our options
KSM Castings USA 80 Shelby $80
Unitquetex 150 Grover $31.6
RSI Home Products Manufacturing 175 Richmond County $5.8
GF Automotive and Linamar Corporation 350 Mills River $217
Krystal Engineering 82 Caldwell County $20.9 Plans unchanged
Republic Services 350 Charlotte $6.8
Perdue Foods 30 Rockingham $10.9
Coty 25 Sanford $19
The Hillshire Brands Company 98 Tarboro $28.4
BSH Home Appliances Corporation 460 New Bern $80.7
Corning Optical Communications 150 Mecklenburg County $38.7 Plans unchanged
Red Ventures 500 Charlotte $5 Reevaluating our growth plans
Qorvo 100 Greensboro $25
Premier Research 260 Durham $4.1
Ivar’s Cabinet Shop 27 Shelby $2.8 Plans unchanged
Alcami (AAIPharma Services Corp./Cambridge Major Laboratories) 37 Wilmington $15.8
WillowTree 98 Durham $0.25
Frontier Communications 200 Durham $4.3
GKN Sinter Metals 55 Conover $19.8
Fidelity Investments 600 Durham County $8
Ashley Furniture Industries 454 Davie County $8.7
Magneti Marelli Powertrain USA 76 Sanford $12
North State Aviation 109 North Carolina Global TransPark $0.9
Deutsche Bank 250 Wake County Not disclosed Halted plans to create 250 new jobs
Sources: North Carolina Office of the Governor and the companies.

Major corporations have also taken a stand against the law. Deutsche Bank has halted its plans to expand in the state. PayPal has canceled its expansion plans as well. Chief executives of more than 80 companies including Apple, Facebook, and Bank of America signed a letter denouncing the bill.

On Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina said he would like to restore the right to sue over discrimination, but would not challenge a law regarding gender-specific bathroom access.

— CNBC's Ryan Ruggiero and The Associated Press contributed to this report.