Poll: Majority support Jason Collins announcement, gay Boy Scouts

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First lady Michelle Obama is appearing with Collins at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in New York later this month. Both she and President Obama publicly extended their well wishes to Collins after his announcement.

The survey also found there was substantial support for a plan by the Boy Scouts of America to admit gay scouts. Of those surveyed, 63 percent backed the initiative, which will be voted on by scout leaders later this month. Again, that proposal garnered majority support across Democrats, Republicans and independents.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican and former Eagle Scout, blasted the potential move in a speech to the Family Research Council this weekend.

“If we change and become more like pop culture, young men will be not as well served, America will not be as well served, and Boy Scouts will start on a decline that I don’t think will serve this country well as we go into the future,” Perry said.

President Obama has previously voiced his support for the overturn of the ban, saying, “nobody should be barred” from the opportunities and experiences provided by scouting.

“My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life,” Obama said in a CBS News interview. “The Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives.”