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The two Virginias sound off on singer backing out of Boy Scout Jamboree

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A story that's making national headlines has its roots in West Virginia.  Singer, Carly Rae Jepsen, will no longer be performing at the Boy Scouts' Jamboree this summer.  Her decision centers around the organization's exclusion of gays.

In a string of tweets, Jepsen says she's an artist who believes in equality for all people; she'll continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed in the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle against gay rights.

Some locals agree Jepsen is making the right decision.  "This morning when I was flipping through the newspaper, it was right there on the front page, and I was like ‘alright,'" says John Fanary who supports the artist's decision.  "I was really glad to see that because you know there is zero tolerance for rights."

Another native of the two Virginias agrees too.  "If it's okay for the military, I don't see why it'd be any different for the Boy Scouts.  I mean the military's our leaders and the Boy Scouts are training leaders.  I don't see where it's any different," says Stephen Viars. 

Still, locals are nervous that the promise of the Boy Scouts boosting the economy could be short lived, and they don't agree with Jepsen's decision.  "I admire the Boy Scouts, but I don't think that gays ought to be around kids," says Doug Coleman.

The Boys Scouts have responded to the WVVA saying:

"We appreciate everyone's rights to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great jamboree program for our scouts."

The Scouts go on to say that although the concerts are an enhancement to the Jamboree, they are merely supplements to a program centered on adventures and friendships.

The band, Train, was also set to play at the Jamboree.  They have pulled out too unless the Boys Scouts make what they call the "right decision" to accept gays. 

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