The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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March 6, 2013

Headline acts pull out of Jamboree

MOUNT HOPE — The two headlining musical acts for the 2013 Boy Scouts National Jamboree have canceled, based on the organization’s exclusionary membership policies toward homosexuals.

Both Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen and the San Francisco-based band Train recently issued statements signaling their lack of willingness to engage with an organization with policies that, in Train’s words, “(question) the equality” of American citizens.

That leaves two big holes to fill during this July’s event, which is expected to draw tens of thousands of Scouts to Mount Hope for a week of activities at the Scouts’ new base, The Summit.

Jepsen, most well known for her single “Call Me Maybe,” issued her statement via Twitter on Tuesday morning.

“As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer,” wrote the star.

“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.”

Jepsen’s music video for “Call Me Maybe” switches course in its last seconds when a man Jepsen has been eyeing throughout gives his phone number to a male band mate.

Train has stated that they will not participate as long as the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) retains its current policy, which restricts members based on sexual orientation.

Recently, the BSA has discussed the possibility of removing its restriction regarding sexual orientation and turning over decision-making power to local troops. They were poised for a discussion, and possibly a vote, on the issue at their biannual national assembly in February.

In the end, the organization decided to put off the decision until May, according to the Associated Press.

“When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization,” said a statement published on Train’s website on Friday.

“Train strongly opposes 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.”

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