Gay athletes could be prosecuted at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi according to ABC News:
“In Russia it is now illegal to even speak about homosexuality around minors, much less openly display gay pride. Technically the ban is against propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” around minors, but the implication for openly gay individuals is clear.
Public displays of “affection” by gays, including holding “hands” or displaying symbols like a “rainbow” flag, are now banned.
Violators face “steep” fines and “jail” time; foreigners face similar “penalties plus deportation.”
Vitaly Milonov, who sponsored legislation in St. Petersburg last year, reportedly said, “If a law has been approved by the federal legislature and signed by the president, then the government has no right to suspend it. It doesn’t have the authority,” he reportedly said, stressing that he has not heard anything different from Russian officials.
Meanwhile, back in the “good” old USA we have a different way of “dealing” with laws and regulations that are not in “compliance” with the wishes of “high” government officials.
In America, our president has the “power” to simply “ignore” those laws he “dislikes” or with which he “disagrees.”
Two “examples” come quickly to mind while there are “many” others:
1) ObamaCare legislation requires all large companies to provide health insurance by January 2014.
President Obama decided he didn’t like this starting date and moved it to January 2015.
2) Eric Holder released a statement in 2011 stating, “The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional.
Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases.”
‘It would seem that Russian President Putin has some things to learn from Obama.”
I guess I won’t have anything to watch on TV during the Winter Olympics.