Jepsen Drops Boy Scout Jamboree Over Gay Rights

By Chris Talbott
|  Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013  |  Updated 1:10 PM EDT
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Jepsen Drops Boy Scout Jamboree Over Gay Rights

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Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen, pictured here performing at the American Music Awards, is telling Irving-based Boy Scouts of America she won't perform at their Jamboree in July because the scouts' exclude gays from their organization.

Carly Rae Jepsen is canceling her performance at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree because of the scouts' exclusion of gays.

Jepsen said Tuesday on Twitter that "as an artist who believes in equality for all people" she's pulling out of the July gathering in West Virginia.

The event, held once every four years, is expected to draw more than 45,000.

Rock band Train also warned that it won't appear unless the organization stops barring participation by gay scouts or adult leaders. Train said on its website that it was unaware of the policy before agreeing to perform and that the organization must now make "the right decision."

BSA director of publicity Deron Smith said the BSA appreciates "everyone's right to express an opinion" and remains focused on staging a great jamboree.

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