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Senate Resolution Calls For Guarantee That Gay Olympic Athletes & Spectators Will Be Protected In Russia

We're finally seeing a move by the U.S. Government regarding Russia's anti-LGBT laws and how they'll impact gay athletes and spectators at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner reports:

Sen. Jeff Merkley plans to introduce a Senate resolution calling on the International Olympic Committee to oppose Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law and receive guarantees about the law’s enforcement during the Sochi Winter Olympics, BuzzFeed has learned.

A spokesman for the Oregon Democrat told BuzzFeed of the plans Thursday afternoon, hours after a Russian news source reported that the country’s sports minister said the law would be enforced during the games, slated to take place in February 2014.

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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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It's a start. We'd love to know that this "guarantee" from the Russian government and the IOC will entail. 

Props to Sen. Merkley for taking some action!

 

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