Pop rock bank Train has decided that the current Boy Scouts of America ban of gay members to the organization doesn’t represent what the popular group is about. According to ABC News Radio on Monday, the group is pulling out of headlining this year’s Boy Scouts National Jamboree.
The group said that when they booked the show for BSA they were not aware of the anti-gay policy that was reaffirmed in July of last year and in a statement released by the group, stated that “Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen.”
The Boy Scouts, who have already lost major sponsors such as UPS and Merck, is considering a reversal of the anti-gay policy. But until a decision is made, Train states they will not participate.
“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.”
Train’s action to pull out of the show comes as a result of an online petition started by gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance urging both Train and Carley Rae Jepsen to pull out.
With over 5,000 signatures, Nance says he is happy the petition reached the attention of Train and is hoping Jepsen follows their action.
I’m thrilled that my petition brought the Boy Scouts’ hurtful anti-gay policy to Train’s attention…more than [5,000] people are wondering, will Carly Rae Jepsen do the same?”
So far Jepsen hasn’t responded but is being urged by Nance and GLAAD to pull out of the show.