UPDATE: Train has announced they will only participate in the National Scout Jamboree if the Boy Scouts change their policy.
UPDATE #2:(3/5/2013) Carly Rae Jepsen has canceled because of the Boy Scouts' exclusion of gay people. "I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level," she wrote, "... and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe."
Musicians Carly Rae Jepsen and Train are taking heat for agreeing to perform at this year's National Scout Jamboree hosted by the Boy Scouts, because opponents say the organization is anti-gay. Former Boy Scout leader Derek Nannce and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamantion (GLAAD) have called on both Jepsen and Train to speak out against the Boy Scout's ban on gay scouts during their performances.
Both Jepsen and Train have spoken out for gay rights in the past, which makes their participation in the Boy Scouts annual event a bit surprising. In the video for Jepsen's hit song "Call Me Maybe," the boy she's chasing gives his number to another guy. In an interview with TIME magazine, Jepsen was asked if she supports same-sex marriage and said, "You know, acceptance has never even been a question to me. I’ve grown up knowing it’s just the way things should be. When we shot the “Call Me Maybe” video, we weren’t even thinking the ending was not normal. I have so many gay friends that I love. It’s a regular thing. And if my video is encouraging that mind frame with other children and other people — well, it’s about time, I guess!"
Train has also come out in favor of same sex marriage. The group has a song called "Marry Me" which is apparently "about just that. Finding that special love and making it last forever. Everyone should be allowed to have that.
Train said, "We take the idea of marriage very seriously, and believe it is the right of all consenting adults, regardless of sexual orientation."
Meanwhile, the Boy Scouts have yet to reverse their ban on gay scouts, although there were rumors earlier this month that they would do so. They say they've postponed a decision until this summer.
Derek Nance has started a Change.org petition urging Jepsen to denounce the Boy Scouts policy.