Wu: International Olympic Committee unhappy with Russia over anti-gay law

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  • Contrarius mid-state, TN
    Aug. 13, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    @lost in DC --

    "the russian LAW did not dictate what the unruly mob did, nor what the murderer did."

    The Russian law, the homophobia behind it, and the atmosphere they encourage most certainly influenced both of those incidents.

    Notice that it was a Duma official -- a member of the government -- who was telling the police officer to "cut their **** off!".

    Thanks for the attempted apologia.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    the russian LAW did not dictate what the unruly mob did, nor what the murderer did.

    Thanks for the obfuscation.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 12, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    @ Chris B: I guess whether or not there is an anti-gay law that will be enforced depends on what the meaning of is is.

    Holding hands, stating you are gay, sending love to your partner, thanking your partner for supporting you, having a partner of the same-sex - all these are "propaganda" under the Russian law.

    So, yes - if you pretend to be heterosexual, you won't violate the law.

    If that is not anti-gay, please define what is.

  • Contrarius mid-state, TN
    Aug. 12, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    @Chris B --

    "There is only a law against immoral behavior being propagandized."

    What is immoral about insisting that all people should have equal rights??

    Here's what the Russian government *really* thinks about gays. From a demonstration in June:

    "During the melee, an unidentified Duma official from the Communist Party approached and shook hands with a policeman, and reportedly said: 'So are you guys ramping up the pressure on these ****? Beat them up well! Cut their **** off!' The anti-gay crowd also threw bottles and rotten eggs at the activists, who were surrounded by an antagonistic crowd of about 200 people."

    And of course the gay demonstrators got arrested -- but NOT the people attacking them.

    Here's part of an interview with the murderer and rapist of a gay man there. He thought his actions were perfectly acceptable, because his victim was gay.

    "Univosti News: 'Why did you [violate] him?' (I can't post the actual words used)

    Suspect: 'Because he said he was gay.'

    [....] (graphic description of the rape)

    U News: 'What did you do after?'

    Suspect: 'I started stomping on his ribs.'

    U News: 'And after?'

    Suspect: 'I took a brick and dropped it on his head 5 or 6 times.'

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    There is no anti-gay law that will be enforced.

    There is only a law against immoral behavior being propagandized.

    Russia has ever right to enact laws that will preserve morality and prevent childrens minds from learning incorrect things as best they can.

    Russia has found a good compromise

    No one faces legal action as a result of their choices in life to be a homosexual.

    Just don't try to convert others to being a homosexual and you'll be just fine.

    Great job Russia

    Keep up the good work!