Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Members: Hollywood Reacts

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"A great step forward," George Takei tweets, while Jason Biggs criticizes the organization for keeping the ban on openly gay adults serving as leaders.

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.

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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. 

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Read what those in the industry had to say about the move below:

strongly oppose any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen," the band says; Carly Rae Jepsen, also booked for the event, has yet to speak out."]