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Ringo Starr cancels show in North Carolina

Ringo Starr calls off North Carolina concert
Ringo Starr calls off North Carolina concert

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.

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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) Response
Paypal400Charlotte $3.6Halted plans
Braeburn Pharmaceuticals 52Durham County$19.9Reevaluating our options
KSM Castings USA80Shelby$80
RSI Home Products Manufacturing175Richmond County $5.8
GF Automotive and Linamar Corporation350Mills River $217
Krystal Engineering82Caldwell County$20.9Plans unchanged
Republic Services350Charlotte $6.8
Perdue Foods30Rockingham $10.9
Coty25Sanford $19
The Hillshire Brands Company98Tarboro$28.4
BSH Home Appliances Corporation460New Bern$80.7
Corning Optical Communications150Mecklenburg County$38.7Plans unchanged
Red Ventures500Charlotte $5Reevaluating our growth plans
Qorvo100Greensboro $25
Premier Research260Durham$4.1
Ivar’s Cabinet Shop27Shelby$2.8Plans unchanged
Alcami (AAIPharma Services Corp./Cambridge Major Laboratories)37Wilmington $15.8
WillowTree98Durham $0.25
Frontier Communications200Durham $4.3
GKN Sinter Metals55Conover$19.8
Fidelity Investments600Durham County $8
Ashley Furniture Industries454Davie County$8.7
Magneti Marelli Powertrain USA76Sanford $12
North State Aviation109North Carolina Global TransPark$0.9
Deutsche Bank250Wake CountyNot disclosedHalted plans to create 250 new jobs

Source: 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.