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Rachel Maddow On Obama's LGBT Sochi Olympics Delegation

Is President Obama's decision to send a U.S. delegation that includes two openly gay Olympians in place of himself a snub to Russia? Rachel Maddow thinks so. 

"The combination of having openly gay people in the delegation and pointedly not sending any high-ranking, high-profile people from our government does seem at least like a particularly satisfying snub. I'm not sure if that's exactly how they meant it, but that's sure how it feels. Mmm."

 

 

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You know, at first i was torn about the President's decision to NOT attend the opening ceremonies and, instead, send a hand-picked delegation that included two members of the LGBT community.

Various news outlets were saying that his decision could impact America's chances to host a future Olympic Games. Other pundits were saying this was stoking the already chilly relationship between the United States and Russia because it was a diplomatic "snubbing" of a fellow world leader.

But, as I was brushing my teeth this morning it occurred to me that President Obama is putting into actions the words he spoke at Nelson Mandela's memorial service: "Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs, and are still persecuted for what they look like, and how they worship, and who they love. That is happening today.And so we, too, must act on behalf of justice."

His decision is the perfect example of ACTING ON BEHALF OF JUSTICE! 

By choosing NOT to attend, and instead, send a delegation that includes two gay Americans, he IS sending the message that hatred and intolerance - especially when it's codified in law - is wrong.

While we still have a long way to go towards full and complete rights, we do have in our President, a man who's not afraid to ACT on his beliefs!

I applaud this decision!

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