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Sorry, Sochi: Anti-Gay Law Will Be Enforced For Gay Olympians And Visitors, Says Lawmaker

by David Badash on July 30, 2013

in 2014 Winter Olympics,News,Politics

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One of the authors of Russia‘s anti-gay laws says they cannot be paused or ignored by Russian authorities for visitors or Olympians at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Lawmaker and co-sponsor of the nationwide anti-gay law, Vitaly Milonov, says the government does not have the right to not enforce its laws, and says they will remain in effect in Sochi for the 2014 Olympics.

“If a law has been approved by the federal legislature and signed by the president, then the government has no right to suspend it. It doesn’t have the authority,” Gay Star News reports today, adding that “Milonov was the deputy responsible for the law prohibiting ‘gay propaganda’ in St Petersburg, beginning the trend that led to the nationwide ban.”

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Russia’s president Vladimir Putin last month signed a law that makes it illegal to tell children gay people exist, makes it illegal to indicate support for LGBT people or approval of homosexuality, and demands fines and/or deportation for foreigners who violate the law. Putin’s new “homosexual propaganda” law makes “promoting homosexuality” illegal.

Two men or two women just holding hands is now illegal in Russia. Clicking “like” on a photo of a same-sex couple holding hands is now illegal in Russia. Doing anything to offer support for LGBT is now illegal in Russia.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), which has billions riding on the Russian Olympics, has promised Olympic athletes and foreigners visiting Sochi they will not be subject to the anti-gay laws.

“The IOC has received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games,” USA Today reported on Friday:

“As a sporting organization, what we can do is to continue to work to ensure that the Games can take place without discrimination against athletes, officials, spectators and the media.”

“The International Olympic Committee is clear that sport is a human right and should be available to all regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation. The Games themselves should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media and of course athletes. We would oppose in the strongest terms any move that would jeopardise this principle.”

Image by Jorge Barragan via Twitter

 

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BearFlagCitizen July 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

The IOC actually has no authority to force a government to suspend it's laws for the duration of the Olympics. That said, if you are an out, gay athlete, coach, spectator or Olympic tourist, you are at risk for arrest, jail time and deportation. Many people are saying that boycotting the games would only hurt the athletes. I disagree. If athletes actually stood up for the Olympic ideal, they would, should, boycott the Olympics themselves unless athletes and vistors could attend the Olympics freely and without fear of arrest.

My second thought is, how can we as country say what Putin and the Duma does is wrong, when we ourselves can't even agree on equality as a country?

BJLincoln July 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Our leaders agree that equality has not yet been reached here but we are working towards it rather than creating laws to ban anything and everyone who is LGBT.
Putin and the mis-lead Russian people want all things LGBT to disappear and that is not going to happen. We should not allow the Olympics to happen there or anywhere all people are not free to be who the are.

MarcoLuxe July 30, 2013 at 8:07 pm

The IOC is all about money and the members keeping their positions. It will do anything to paper over any controversy that threatens the cash cow. It's all smoke and mirrors.

BJLincoln July 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

If this statement is correct," We would oppose in the strongest terms any move that would jeopardize this principle.”", then the Olympics should be boycotted. Every country should boycott the games.
Sadly, it will be the only way to get Russia to admit the law is bad and change it.

RainbowDemocrat August 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Here's an idea:
Wear a rainbow outfit under the red, white & blue opening ceremony uniforms. As the torch is lighted, peel off the outer layer. Ask other countries to do the same. If enough countries do this, all that will be left to watch will be empty venues, with crickets chirping courtesy NBC. SPREAD THE WORD!!

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