Should Russia's Anti-gay Laws influence Olympic Games?

December 31, 2009 – 03:42 pm

- Gay Rights Protesters Target Sochi Olympic Sponsors Coke, McDonald’s and Samsung by Forbes

- Shomas Mah’s blog

Olympic Games, Russia, Sochi… Sports fans’ impatience is increasing significantly day by day; unfortunately, this excitement is far from uniting all the people from different countries.

While those who intend to visit this grandiose event are feverishly looking for extra tickets, the gay rights protesters are reaching for help of Olympic Games’ sponsors to abolish Russian anti-gay laws. They claim that Russians’ and fans’ dignity is in danger as long as these laws are valid. Yet before launching any debates, one should pose themselves a question: Does Russia actually prohibit the existence of non-traditional sexual adherence itself? In fact, the goal of these laws is to keep underage population unaware of the unorthodox sexual orientation. Hence, the following question should be considered: can these laws prevent sports fans (including gays and lesbians) from coming and watching Games in Russia? Why should politics intervene in this international sports holiday?

Olympic Games are supposed to be free of politics and celebrate the joy of sport and unity. Unfortunately, Olympic Games often become a field for political confrontation or disagreement. I believe, we all should enjoy the biggest sport spectacle with no respect to race, sexual orientation or political situation in the country hosting the event.

Source: blogs.ubc.ca

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