House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday said Russia's anti-gay laws are like stepping into “ancient history” and expressed disappointment that the Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi.
Russia’s anti-gay laws make it inappropriate to hold the games there, Pelosi said, adding the Olympic Committee has “never been concerned about human rights.”
She added: “I'm disappointed that Sochi is the site.”
The law passed last year bars propaganda of “non-traditional” sexual relations aimed at minors. The real-world effects of the law go much further, critics say.
The majority of recent criticism of the Olympic site has stemmed from security issues, as the Homeland Security Committee has warned people on flights to Russia to be on the lookout for explosive material hidden in toothpaste and cosmetic tubes.
Pelosi did not address the issue in the short, 45-second clip posted on the website.
Despite her concerns, Pelosi admitted the Games end up messing with her schedule because she is drawn to watch — sometimes live; there is a nine-hour time difference between Washington, D.C., and Sochi.
“Here is my thing about the Olympics,” she said. “It really, it really destroys my schedule because I watch it all the time into the night. I am watching it when it is happening instead of waiting until the next day.”