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Boycott 2014 Sochi Olympic Games: Anti-gay Laws in Russia Spreading Hate

Russian President, Vladimir V. Putin, recently signed a law banning the adoption of Russian-born children not only to gay couples but also to any couple or single parent living in any country where marriage equality exists in any form. Mr. Putin also signed a law that allows police officers to arrest any person (Russian citizen, tourist, or foreign national) who is suspected of being gay or "pro-gay." This could mean that any Olympic athlete, trainer, reporter, family member or fan who is gay — or suspected of being gay, or just accused of being gay — can go to jail.

The new laws also introduce fines for those who are suspected of spreading "homosexual propaganda" to minors, which may cause a "distorted understanding" that homosexual and heterosexual relations are "socially equivalent." Critics have called the new laws homophobic and so vaguely defined that they will inevitably be used against gays and stir hate crimes in the country. In fact, they already have - take a look at the pictures in this article to see how bad it has already become http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/photos-from-russia-everyone-needs-to-see

Please stand with us to boycott the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games and urge NBC Universal, the official network to air the games in the U.S., to join the boycott as well.

This petition was delivered to:
  • President of the United States
    Barack Obama
  • Chief Executive Officer, NBC Universal
    Stephen B. Burke


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