March 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Jepsen backs out of Scouts Jamboree
Carly Rae Jespen, gay news, Washington Blade

Carly Rae Jespen (Photo by George Biard via Wikimedia Commons)

LOS ANGELES—Singer Carly Rae Jepsen on Tuesday announced she would not perform at this summer’s Boy Scouts of America Jamboree because of the group’s ban on gay scouts and troop leaders.

“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 said on her Twitter page.

Jepsen is the latest in a series of high-profile figures including President Obama to speak out against the policy.

The Boy Scouts of America last month said it would delay any decision on whether to repeal the ban until May.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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