Singer Carly Rae Jepsen and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates are speaking out against the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.

The BSA is expected in May to take a vote on whether it should lift its national ban and allow local chapters to decide the issue.

Earlier this month, Jepsen announced she would not perform at the organization's National Scout Jamboree.

In remarks to MTV News, Jepsen expanded on her decision to withdraw from the event.

“It was sort of one of those things that I kind of have my opinions about, and everyone's entitled to their own, but it wasn't necessarily something that I felt comfortable backing once I learned more about it,” Jepsen said. “And that being said here's hoping they make the right decision and I'm praying that moves like this will help.”

Speaking with POLITICO's Playbook Cocktails, Bill Gates, a former boy scout, was asked whether the ban should be lifted.

“Absolutely,” Gates answered.


“Because it's 2013,” he responded as the audience laughed.

(Related: Boy Scouts survey asks: Is it OK to discriminate against gays?)