HOLLYWOOD, March 6, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two musical acts have announced they will not perform at the Boy Scouts annual Jamboree – one ruling out a performance and the other saying the organization would have to change its policy on admitting homosexuals as members and scoutmasters before they would perform.
"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," Carly Rae Jepsen announced on Twitter yesterday. She pledged to "stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe."
Her announcement came one day after the band Train said it would only perform at the annual event this July 15-24 if the Scouts changed their policy.
“We have always seen the BSA as a great and noble organization,” they wrote on their blog. “We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then."
The outdoor children's organization had been scheduled to revisit its policy on admitting homosexuals last month, but the BSA board delayed making a decision until May.
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Jepsen became known for her infectious and ubiquitous pop smash, “Call Me, Maybe,” which reached number one on music charts around the world. The former Canadian Idol contestant has had a spotty chart history since then, none attaining the success of her breakthrough debut. The members of Train have been more reliable hit-makers.
This year's Jamboree will be the first to be held in a new, permanent site in West Virginia. The event regularly draws 50,000 participants from around the country.
With a new site replete with rafting, swimming, biking, climbing, shooting, archery, and more, the Boy Scouts will not lack for entertainment whatever the group's final decision.