Citing Gay Ban, Train and Carly Rae Jepsen Pull Out of Boy Scout Jamboree

It was only a week ago that Scouting Magazine shared the exciting announcement that Train and Carly Rae Jepsen were "ready to rock" this year's National Scout Jamboree, an annual gathering of unnervingly upstanding young men. Alas, neither Train nor Jepsen will be making the trip to Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, as a protest against the Boys Scouts of America's continuing refusal to admit gay members and leaders.

The decision came in the wake of a call-to-action campaign by GLAAD and a petition by a gay Eagle Scout named Derek Nance, who claims to be a fan of both Train and Jepsen.

Deron Smith, publicity director for the BSA, responded to the decision in an email to the Associated Press. "We appreciate everyone's right to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great Jamboree program for our Scouts," he said. He did not say "Nobody likes Train anyway," probably because he ran out of time or something.

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Eric Nicholson
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