Billy Cyrus Speaks Out Against Discriminatory Laws
Billy Ray Cyrus is backing his daughter Miley Cyrus and singers Emmylou Harris, Bryan Adams and more in a war on laws they feel discriminate against the LGBT community. The singer says new laws in Mississippi and North Carolina, and those being considered in Tennessee, would be a social step backwards.
The “Achy Breaky Heart” singer’s statement doesn’t single out any specific law, but he does applaud Adams for canceling a concert in Mississippi after a law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples was passed. The Mississippi law takes effect on July 1, according to the Associated Press.
“I would feel negligent to not speak up,” Cyrus said in a press release. “In light of my good friend Bryan Adams taking a stand and my daughter having been on the ground floor of this movement, this issue is very important to me. As a friend and dad, I’ve witnessed this fight from the very beginning. I think everyone should be treated equal. We’ve come too far; we can’t mess this up.”
Miley Cyrus has been a vocal opponent of legislation knows as the 'Bathroom Bill.' The proposed law requires all students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their sex at birth. At issue is the concern of transgender students. Emmylou Harris also spoke out against the bathroom bill, while Bruce Springsteen canceled a planned show in North Carolina over the weekend, citing the state’s new law that blocks anti-discrimination rules for the LGBT community.
It's not clear if Billy Ray Cyrus' support will go beyond his statement. He currently has no tour dates listed at his official website.
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