Carly Rae Jepsen, Train Cancel Boy Scouts Concert over Gay Ban

Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013 03:23 PM

By Michael Mullins

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One week after the Boy Scouts of America announced "Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen and the band Train were going to perform at the annual National Scout Jamboree in July, both artists announced they would not appear at the summit, in protest of the organization's ban on gay troop leaders.

After an online petition calling for San Francisco, Calif.-based Train to not perform because of the organization's anti-gay policy, the band announced Friday they would not perform.

"Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen," a statement from the band said. "We have always seen the BSA as a great and noble organization. We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then."

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The petition, which garnered 60,000 signatures on the White House's website, was started by former Eagle Scout Derek Nance, who is openly gay and left the organization after 10 years. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) endorsed the petition.

Jepsen followed Train's lead and canceled her appearance as well, announcing the news via Twitter Tuesday.

"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," she wrote. "I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level."

Deron Smith, director of public relations for Boy Scouts of America, responded to the news in a statement to ABC News.

"We appreciate everyone’s right to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great Jamboree program for our Scouts," Smith said.

Smith did not say whether the organization planned to replace the artists.

Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts got rid of its policy prohibiting gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders from serving in the organization. However, last month, the group announced that it will put off the decision to review its policy until the executive board convenes in May.

The jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia and is scheduled for July 15 to July 24.

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