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Tuesday
Mar052013

Following Train, Carly Rae Jepsen Pulls Out of Boy Scout Jamboree Due to Anti-Gay Policies 

Credit: Vanessa HeinsCarly Rae Jepsen has now pulled out a gig at this year's Boy Scouts National Jamboree, in protest of the organization's ban on gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders.  She follows fellow performers Train, who did the same a few days ago in response to an online petition started by gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance

The petition called on both Train and Carly Rae to denounce the organization's policies and not perform at the event.  Writing on Twitter, Carly Rae says, "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 adds, "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."

Over 62,000 people have signed the petition as of Tuesday morning.  On Friday, there were just over 3,000 signatures.

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