Carly Rae Jepsen Cancels Boy Scouts Concert Over Group's Anti-Gay Policy

Carly Rae Jepsen performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles Carly Rae Jepsen performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles

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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