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Jepsen backed out of show at Jamboree, Train could follow

Local - 3/5/2013 1:43 PM
FAYETTE COUNTY - Carly Rae Jepsen cancelled her performance at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree because of the scouts' exclusion of gays.

Jepsen wrote on 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. I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level, and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe."

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

Rock band Train also warned that it won't appear unless the organization stops barring participation of gay scouts or adult leaders.  Train wrote on it's website, "When we booked the show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization.  Train strongly opposes any any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen. 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."

Boy Scouts of American Director of Publicity Deron Smith said the organization appreciates "everyone's right to express an opinion" and remains focused on staging a great Jamboree.

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