Russian Deputy PM on Gay Rights: Leave Kids Alone

Thursday Feb 6, 2014

SOCHI, Russia -- Russia's deputy prime minister has confirmed the Kremlin's view on gay rights in Sochi, asking athletes to "leave the kids alone."

Dmitry Kozak told a news conference Thursday that Russian organizers will not discriminate against visitors or athletes because of their sexuality, but he backed the government's support for the so-called gay propaganda law.

Kozak said athletes are free to express their views and discuss their sexuality. However, he asked them to stay away from children, saying "leave the kids alone."

Russia introduced a bill last year that outlawed the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations." Gay groups say the law has contributed to the intolerance of sexual minorities in Russia.

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  • Wayne M., 2014-02-06 17:10:20

    The Russian Deputy Prime Minister is clearly and deliberately feeding into the anti-LGBT propaganda and fear that LGBT people are out to recruit youth into homosexuality. This is a lie and has been proven to be a lie. You can no more recruit a person into a sexual orientation that you can recruit them to change the colour of their skin. However, responsible and caring LGBT people, particularly those who were victims of homophobia/transphobia as youth, are concerned that there is a supporting and protective environment for LGBT youth and those questioning their sexuality.

  • GAG'EM, 2014-02-07 01:50:24

    Maybe all the gay pedophiles will go where they’re more welcome: the Vatican.

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