A Russian law passed in June, that makes openly gay activities in the country illegal, could affect the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The law is set to stop minors from being exposed to nontraditional sexual relations. Included in that law are public displays of affection by gay people, and gay symbols like the rainbow flag. According to Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, the law will not be suspended during the Olympics, and will be applied to foreigners. While Milonov is only a regional lawmaker, he did sponsor the legislation that lead to the nationwide ban. Milonov threatened to fine Madonna last summer when she spoke out against the law, reports ABC News.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) claims that the law won’t be a problem.
“This legislation has just been passed into law and it remains to be seen whether and how it will be implemented, particularly as regards the Games in Sochi,” the IOC told ABC News. “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.”
A White House petition is currently calling for Milonov to be banned from entering the United States. Milonov claims that the ban doesn’t worry him due to the support he has seen from American politicians regarding the gay ban.
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