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Carly Rae Jepsen and Train announced earlier this month that they have cancelled their appearances at the annual Boy Scouts National Jamboree to protest the group’s anti-gay stance. The “Call Me Maybe” singer recently spoke about the decision, adding that she prays her move will help them change.
“I mean, it was sort of one of those things that I kind of have my opinions about, and everyone's entitled to their own, but it wasn't necessarily something that I felt comfortable backing once I learned more about it,” she told MTV News in a short interview.
She continued, “And that being said here's hoping they make the right decision and I'm praying that moves like this will help.”
Jepsen and Train said that they would not perform at the Jamboree as long as the Boy Scouts continued to not accept gay members. The Jamboree is scheduled for July 15-24 in West Virginia.
“As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer,” Jepsen said in her statement at the time. “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.”
The Boy Scouts have been under increasing pressure to stop the ban. According to MSNBC, a Quinnipiac poll showed that 55 percent of Americans want the organization to drop the ban. Bill Gates even commented that the ban should end “because it’s 2013.”
The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America are meeting in May and are expected to vote on the ban.