Actor George Takei has called hogwash on the Boy Scouts of America's decision to keep in place its policy excluding openly gay scouts and leaders.

On Tuesday, the organization said it was upholding the policy after conducting a confidential two-year review.

The announcement came a day before Jennifer Tyrrell was set to deliver more than 30,000 petition signatures calling on the Boy Scouts to end its ban.

Tyrrell launched a petition in April to bring awareness of the policy after she was ousted as den leader of her son's Boy Scout troop because she is a lesbian.

She delivered the petition to the Boy Scouts' national headquarters in Dallas.

“Am I angry? Yes. I'm angry,” Takei, a former Boy Scout who had previously spoken out against the policy, wrote at this blog.

“Earlier this week, ousted scout leader Jennifer Tyrrell announced she would be delivering over 30,000 signatures today to the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Dallas. In a cynical move to preempt that story, the Scouts released a statement yesterday reaffirming its ban on gay scouts and LGBT leaders. The statement indicated that their committee met in secret and unanimously voted to uphold the ban. Hogwash.”

Takei pledged to keep working to end the ban.