"Call Me Maybe" singer cancels Boy Scout concert over gay ban

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Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 10, 2013.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen on Tuesday pulled out of a concert for the Boy Scouts of America because of the organization's ban on gay members, becoming the second headliner to pull out of the Scouts' Summer Jamboree show.

Jepsen, whose hit single "Call Me Maybe" was nominated for Grammy Song of the Year, said on Twitter that she would not perform for the Boy Scouts because of her support for gay rights.

"I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level," Jepsen, 27, said.

Rock band Train also said last week they would not play the concert at the Boy Scouts' National Summer Jamboree, set for July in West Virginia, unless the youth organization changed its ban on gay participants.

The 103-year-old Boy Scouts organization has been under pressure from gay rights groups to change the longstanding position and had said in January it was open to removing the national ban on gays, leaving the decision to local chapters.

But the Boy Scouts last month delayed a vote on ending the restriction, pushing back a decision until at least May.

Jepsen and Train had been targeted by advocacy group GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, after they were announced as the headliners for the concert.

An online petition on Change.org asking the "Call Me Maybe" singer to denounce the Scouts' policy had gathered more than 60,000 signatures.

The Boy Scouts said the Summer Jamboree would go ahead as planned. The National Jamboree takes place every four years and attracts some 45,000 scouts and leaders for outdoor events, showcases and performances.

"We appreciate everyone's right to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great Jamboree program for our Scouts," Boy Scouts' spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Jackie Frank)

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Comments (2)
IrishFlash wrote:
Im not about to start a ruckus or fuss, but if an institution or group of people don’t want you apart of there society, fighting to be included is only going to create animosity and drive people away, there is nothing keeping you from starting your own Boy Scout organization allowing what ever belief system you want without stirring the country and good old fashioned morals into a frenzy.

Mar 05, 2013 4:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
daniwitz13 wrote:
She certainly is not the only entertainer available. If she feels that she has a Right to refuse to perform, then surely the Scouts have a Right to their policy. Gays are Oriented to their same Sex. The Scouts are Oriented to their goals. Do the Gays Orientation over-ride the Scouts Orientation? Gays are Free to form their own Gender Orientation Club. She can sing there. Pity.

Mar 05, 2013 4:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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