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Jepsen drops Boy Scouts event over gay rights

By Chris Talbott

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, March 5 2013 10:43 a.m. MST

Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen performs at the o2 Arena in east London, Monday, Mar. 4, 2013.

AP, Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Carly Rae Jepsen is canceling her performance at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree because of the scouts' exclusion of gays.

Jepsen said Tuesday on Twitter that "as an artist who believes in equality for all people" she's pulling out of the July gathering in West Virginia. The event, held once every four years, is expected to draw more than 45,000.

Rock band Train also warned that it won't appear unless the organization stops barring participation by gay scouts or adult leaders. Train said on its website that it was unaware of the policy before agreeing to perform and that the organization must now make "the right decision."

BSA director of publicity Deron Smith said the BSA appreciates "everyone's right to express an opinion" and remains focused on staging a great jamboree.

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