August 1st, 2013
12:39 PM ET

Russia Could Prosecute Gay Athletes in Sochi

The host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russia just announced that not all may be welcomed at the games.

“In July Russia implemented what has become known as the “Anti-gay Propaganda Law,” reports CNN’s Phil Black.

“It bans the public discussion of gay rights and relationships anywhere children might hear it.”

Now there is great concern over what the law could mean for gay athletes and fans visiting Russia for the games.

The politician responsible for driving the law told parliament, “it outlaws spreading information that gives a distorted perception of social equality between traditional and nontraditional sexual relations,” Black reports.

“The International Olympic Committee says it’s been assured by the government this law won't be applied during the games, but not every official supports that.”

One says that “all Russian laws should be enforced during the Olympics regardless of who is breaking them,” fueling the growing outrage across the world over the law.

Grateful for the international support, Russian gay activists say their goal is to kill off this law before the Olympics.

“If that doesn't work," Black reports, "they want to use the international focus on Russia during the games to apply maximum pressure on the Russian government.”

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