CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A best-selling singer has canceled her appearance at the inauguration of the new Boy Scouts of America Jamboree site in Fayette County this summer, saying she could not support an organization that denies people entry based on sexual orientation.
"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," Carly Rae Jepsen wrote on her Twitter account Tuesday.
"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," wrote Jepsen, best known for her 2012 single "Call Me Maybe."
Fayette County Commission President Matt Wender said he did not know Jepsen had rescinded her invitation to the Jamboree and as of Tuesday afternoon, he had not had any discussions with people at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve about the decision.
However, Wender did not seem surprised that the Boy Scouts stance on gays could cause backlash.
"Of course we all know what the core issue is," Wender said. "I am sure the Scouts are struggling a lot with that."
"Personally, I would like to see them open access to scouting to all young men. I think it's a good organization and teaches a lot of life skills and creates a lot of good citizenship qualities in young men."
Another announced performer, the rock band Train, has also voiced their concern over performing at the Jamboree. In a statement issued on their website last week, the band said, "When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization.
"Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen. We have always seen the BSA as a great and noble organization. We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then."
In February, the Boy Scouts of America postponed a vote on whether to end their ban on gay members until May.
The group also said the board would continue its consultations with other scouting representatives, and about 1,400 voting members of the national council would take action on a membership standards resolution in May.