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U.S. Olympic Committee Adds Sexual Orientation To Charter

U.S. Olympic Committee Adds Sexual Orientation To Charter


The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) board on Thursday voted in favor of adding sexual orientation to its non-discrimination policy.

The move comes as Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Over the summer, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed laws which prohibit gay and lesbian couples from adopting Russian-born children and the public promotion of gay rights where minors might be present, effectively shutting down public demonstrations of support. Russia's “gay propaganda” law has provoked worldwide protests and calls for a boycott of the Sochi games.

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun reiterated that the federation does not approve of the law.

“The fact that we do not think it is our role to advocate for a change in the Russian law does not mean that we support the law, and we do not,” Blackmun is quoted by the AP as saying during his annual address to the USOC Assembly on Friday.

Blackmun also said that the USOC would not stop athletes attending the Winter Olympics in Russia from showing support for gay rights.

by Anonymousreply 210/11/2013


by Anonymousreply 110/11/2013

It's something and I'm glad for it, but the USOC have seemed like total pussies on this issue. Can't get away from feeling like this is lip service to keep people off their backs while they really don't give a shit and want people to keep it out of their event.

by Anonymousreply 210/11/2013
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