In a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said his country would not discriminate against homosexuals during the Sochi Olympics, according to reports. The Olympic Charter protects against discrimination of any kind.
"The Russian Federation guarantees the fulfillment of its obligations before the International Olympic Committee in its entirety," Kozak said.
Kozak insisted the measure applies to everyone equally and “cannot be regarded as discrimination based on sexual orientation.” He added that the legislation does not impose restrictions on sexual orientation and emphasized that the Russian constitution prevents discrimination.
The law has sparked an international backlash ahead of the Winter Olympics. Some lawmakers have called for a boycott of the Games, though President Obama opposes that option.