There has been boycotts and there have been many protests against new anti-gay laws signed into legislation by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Gay rights activists, Olympic athletes, and celebrities have spoken out against Russia’s treatment of their LGBT community and now President Barack Obama has expressed his impatience according to CNN on August 7.
Obama spoke about Russia’s anti-gay laws for the first time on the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno on Tuesday night. The president told Leno that he has “no patient for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.”
Recently, Russia has said they will enforce their anti-gay laws during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. This would mean that athletes and guests entering the country would be subject to fines, jail time and deportment for public expression of support for gay rights or public displays of affection with someone of the same sex. Russian officials have since said they won’t enforce the anti-gay laws. President still offered his opinion on how the current issue surrounding Russia’s law will impact the Winter Olympics.
“Every judgement should be made on the tract, or in the swimming look, or on the balance beam, and people’s sexual orientation shouldn’t have anything to do with it.”
Obama said that Russia’s hope for a successful Olympics is dependent on their treatment of people from other countries and it is in their best interest to treat everyone with respect.
President Obama has made it his mission to insure everyone is treated with respect and equality. He made history by becoming the first U.S. president to support gay marriage and during his second inaugural speech he gave recognition to the gay rights movement as an important moment in America’s history.