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Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs in 2012.
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs in 2012. Mark Venema—Getty Images

Wilco Cancels Indiana Show to Protest State's Religious Freedom Law

Mar 30, 2015

The band Wilco announced Monday it has canceled an upcoming show in Indiana to protest the state's newly signed and controversial religious objections measure, which was meant to protect certain freedoms but which critics say will allows businesses to deny services to LGBT customers.

We are canceling our May 7 show at the Murat in Indianapolis. The “Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act” feels like...

Posted by Wilco on Monday, March 30, 2015

"The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us," the band said in a statement on Facebook, regarding its scheduled May 7 show in Indianapolis. "Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed."

Other artists such as Cher and Miley Cyrus have spoken out against the law on social media. But not every musician who opposes the law is canceling their shows.

Singer and actress Audra McDonald tweeted that she will donate money she makes at her Indiana shows to organizations fighting the law. Jack Antonoff, the Bleachers mastermind and fun. guitarist, said he plans to use his shows as an opportunity to protest the law.

"I don't believe in canceling shows in places where awful laws are being passed, I believe in going in SPEAKING OUT," he tweeted. "The recent legislation in Indiana that Gov. Mike Pence signed is repulsive and I fully intend to make that known when I'm in the state."

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