Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Members: Hollywood Reacts
Many people in Hollywood are applauding the Boy Scouts of America's decision to end its ban on allowing openly gay youths to become members of the organization.
Openly gay actors George Takei (Star Trek) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) along with Marlee Matlin and other praised the move, announced Thursday, on Twitter.
More than 1,400 volunteer leaders from across the country voted on the decision, according to The New York Times. More than 60 percent of the voters approved the measure that said no youth could be denied membership based on their sexual orientation, ending years of criticism and internal resistance related to the ban.
But the organization did take some heat from Jason Biggs and others for choosing not to put to a vote whether openly gay adults could serve as leaders.
Read what those in the industry had to say about the move below:
The Nat'l Council of Boy Scouts just voted to lift the ban on gay scouts. A great step forward. #BoyScouts— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 23, 2013
I need a REALLY?! With Seth and Amy about the Boy Scouts decision today.— Busy Philipps (@Busyphilipps25) May 23, 2013
It’s cool that the @boyscouts will allow gay kids but not gay adults since homosexuality is just a phase that can be cured through prayer.— rob delaney (@robdelaney) May 23, 2013
Boy Scouts will start accepting gay youths, but keep banning gay adult leaders. That's not at all a confusing message to these kids.— Jason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) May 23, 2013
It's a shame my son will never join the Boy Scouts. Where else is he gonna learn how to sew patches and discriminate against people?— Jason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) May 23, 2013
Finally, 'YES! GAY BOY SCOUTS!' is a wonderful, relevant tweet.— Grace Helbig (@gracehelbig) May 24, 2013