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    Re: Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Sugges

    I guess now we'll see if Obama has grown a pair. We should refuse to attend.

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    Re: Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Sugges

    Personally, I don't care if we boycott the Olympics or not. There are hundreds of other young athletes who have dedicated their lives to prepare for these games who would be devastated. Boycotting Olympics over petty political squabbles is usually a bad idea, but criminalizing homosexuals... including foreign homosexuals there for legitimate international competitions... might just be going a step too far.

    If we do boycott the Russian Olympics, I hope the European nations who also abhor institutionalized criminalization of homosexuals will do the same to show solidarity with the global homosexual community.

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    Re: Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Sugges

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Perhaps they just suspend men's figure skating for this Olympics....problem solved!
    That tends to occur mainly with western nations' athletes I remember watching the 88 winter games (which the USA had the men's champion, Debi Thomas was close in the ladies but Grinkov and Gordeeva destroyed the US pair) and Peggy Fleming noted the reason why the Russians almost always won the pairs was because the man "wasn't faking it"



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    Re: Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Sugges

    Those Russian conservatives are wonderful people! Its unfortunate there are so many Libruls here in the states to keep ours in line.

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    Re: Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Sugges

    Quote Originally Posted by Verax View Post
    Those Russian conservatives are wonderful people! Its unfortunate there are so many Libruls here in the states to keep ours in line.
    If this is in line I have a bridge you might find a worthy investment.

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    Re: Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Sugges

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Personally, I don't care if we boycott the Olympics or not. There are hundreds of other young athletes who have dedicated their lives to prepare for these games who would be devastated. Boycotting Olympics over petty political squabbles is usually a bad idea, but criminalizing homosexuals... including foreign homosexuals there for legitimate international competitions... might just be going a step too far.

    If we do boycott the Russian Olympics, I hope the European nations who also abhor institutionalized criminalization of homosexuals will do the same to show solidarity with the global homosexual community.
    TBH, I think it's on the IOC to move the games, I know these things take a long time to prepare, but no way should there be an Olympic games in such a backwards country.

    If even 1 Olympic athlete, or fan gets arrested under these laws the backlash will be huge, from the IOC, and the international community.
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    Re: Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Sugges

    What is the point of this OP other than to criticism the Russian government's stance against homosexuality.

    To resolve this issue only requires the coaches advise all USA athletes to not have sex in public while in Russia.

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    Re: Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Sugges

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    What is the point of this OP other than to criticism the Russian government's stance against homosexuality.

    To resolve this issue only requires the coaches advise all USA athletes to not have sex in public while in Russia.
    No actually, under the law you can be arrested and detained for 14 days until you are removed from the country for

    -Holding hands
    -Kissing
    -Voicing support for LGBT rights
    -Hugging
    -Being out as a gay person
    -Wearing anything that could identify as acknowledging the existence of LGBT people such as a pride flag pin, having a pride t-shirt etc.

    And that's just off the top of my head, I'm sure there are more. So yes, this is a very serious thing for LGBT athletes.
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    Re: Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Sugges

    Oh well. Russia's laws are their laws. Nobody protested China and it's laws.. so this is a bunch about nuttin.
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    Re: Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Sugges

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    When the war's over and you're fighting a cockroach for the last crumb of bread Just remember that the Russkies started it.
    * laughs * It's as usual. - In Vietnam - have begun to Vietnamese, in Afghanistan - have begun to Afghans in Iraq - have begun to Iraqis, in Libya - have begun to Libyans .... Everyone knows - in NATO are elves.

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