Video: Pres. Obama On Leno: I Have No Patience For Countries That Try To Harm Or Intimidate Gays & Lesbians
The White House may have just announced that Obama's scheduled meeting with Putin has been canceled, but last night he was already talking Russia and hinting at things to come...
President Barack Obama visited The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Tonight Show host brought up the subject that's been on the minds of most members of the LGBT community in recent weeks: Where does the President stand on Russia and its recently enforced anti-gay laws and how does he feel those anti-LGBT laws will impact the Sochi Olympics in 2014?
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Here's a full transcript of the convo on the topic:
Jay Leno: Well, something that shocked me about Russia—I’m surprised this is not a huge story. Suddenly homosexuality is against the law. I mean this seems like Germany, “Let’s round up the Jews, let’s round up the gays, let’s round up the Blacks. I mean, it starts with that. You round up people whom you don’t li…I mean, why isn’t more of the world outraged at this?
Barack Obama: Well, I’ve been very clear that when it comes to universal rights, when it comes to people’s basic freedoms, that when you are discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, you are violating the basic morality that I think should transcend every country and I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgendered persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.
Now, what’s happening in Russia is not unique. When I traveled to Africa, there are some countries that are doing a lot of good thing for their people, who we’re working with and helping on development issues, but in some cases have persecuted gays and lesbians. And it makes for some uncomfortable press conferences sometimes, but one of the things that I think is very important for me to speak out on is making sure that people are treated fairly and justly because that that’s what we stand for and I believe that’s a precept that’s not unique to America, that’s something that should apply everywhere.
Jay Leno: Do you think it will affect the Olympics?
Barack Obama: You know, I think Putin and Russia have a big stake in making sure the Olympics work, and I think that they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics, we wouldn’t tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently. They’re athletes. They’re there to compete. And if Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track or in the swimming pool or the balance beam and people’s sexual orientation shouldn’t have anything to do with it.”
What do you think of the President's statement, Instincters?
Do you think Russia and other anti-gay nations will be impacted by his stance?