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Senate Resolution Will Call on International Olympic Committee to Denounce Russian Anti-Gay Law

MerkleySenator Jeff Merkley will introduce a Senate resolution urging the International Olympic Committee to denounce Russia's anti-gay laws and demand guarantees that it won't be enforced during the Sochi Games, Buzzfeed reports:

The resolution will ask the IOC both to oppose the law itself and to receive a guarantee that athletes and spectators will not be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Merkley spokesman Jamal Raad said. The language is still being finalized, however, and he said the resolution will not be introduced formally until the Senate returns from its August recess.

The resolution would be the Senate’s first formal statement regarding the Russian law, which was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in June.

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  1. tick tick tick BOOM

    It's almost fun, if it wasn't so sickening, to see this slowly, but surely, blow up in Russia's face.

    The lame thing is it's a safe bet Putin is homosexual.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 2, 2013 9:51:39 AM


  2. Asking the IOC is nice, but they're made up of international do-nothings.

    How about a resolution, and some pressure on the sponsors, singling out the US Olympic Committee. That might carry a bit more weight if our local do-nothings start feeling that their cushy jobs might be in jeopardy.

    Posted by: Continuum | Aug 2, 2013 10:20:23 AM


  3. I have a sad feeling this is all turning on legal phrasing and I don't think the media or others are picking up on it. Or at least they are not pointing it out. Russia is promising to not arrest and jail people for BEING gay. The law is very specific in Russia, but makes for broad prosecution. It is legal to BE gay, just not to talk about it, "act" it outwardly, discuss it, or do anything that anyone else can deem as "promoting" that it is a positive "lifestyle". Nothing from the Russian or the IOC's statements protect spectators or athletes if they wear a pin, show a flag, etc. Being gay is ok, letting others know you are or support gay people is illegal.

    What we need are pushes for protection of self expression and freedom of speech, not protection for being gay.

    Posted by: Nemo | Aug 2, 2013 10:23:36 AM


  4. I agree with Continuum. Boycott Coca Cola and all of its other subsidiaries (Sprite Dr Pepper Fanta Dasani VItamin Water.) Boycott McDonalds. Boycott Panasonic. Boycott Acer. Boycott Samsung. Boycott GE. Boycott Visa. Boycott P&G. Its sounds daunting but in the end it really isn't difficult at all. If you are in USA boycott NBC/Universal (Bravo TV also)

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 2, 2013 10:26:07 AM


  5. "Boycott everything" seems like a fruitless endeavor.

    Posted by: Mikey | Aug 2, 2013 10:52:24 AM


  6. The idea Mikey is that Russia may not get the message at first but the International Olympic Committee may when it's advertisers which are the main source of revenue to make an Olympics successful are not profitable due to their involvement. If the boycott makes enough noise the real money (those advertisers being boycotted) will send the message to the IOC that the Olympics in Russia are unacceptable due to Russia's anti-gay stance.

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 2, 2013 11:18:14 AM


  7. oooooooooo, a denouncement resolution. i bet russia lawmakers are shaking in their boots. that is literally the least that can be done.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 2, 2013 11:40:47 AM


  8. @NEMO In other words, you'll be jailed for being gay. How in the hell can you not you your life as an openly gay person in Russia and not get arrested for it. Spin, my dear, spin.

    I think the best response would be for any athlete to voluntarily (key word here; we don't want to upset those athletes who have, um, "deeply-held spiritual beliefs) wear the rainbow icon on their uniform. Then, let the Russians start arresting and watch the international, diplomatic fireworks explode.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 2, 2013 12:30:19 PM


  9. It will be very interesting to see which Senators vote for and which against this Senate Resolution.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 2, 2013 12:35:53 PM


  10. I have serious concern over a resolution asking that Olympians be protected when the hundreds of thousands of LGBT Russians will continue to be persecuted. I'd almost rather an anti-gay crack-down on the Olympics itself to expose the ugliness to the wider world.

    Posted by: David R. | Aug 2, 2013 12:52:59 PM


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