— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) September 12, 2013
Hopefully, when Pres. #Putin says "we must not forget that God created us equal" he includes gays and lesbians in Russia.
Putin wrote an op-ed, published by The New York Times Wednesday, warning the U.S. not to take military action in Syria. In his last paragraph, Putin said American exceptionalism is “dangerous.”
“There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy,” he wrote. “Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”
Pelosi used those last words to highlight a rising issue in Russia.
In June, Putin signed into law a ban on “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors.” Some have labeled it a law banning homosexuality.
“We have no laws against people with non-traditional sexual orientation,” he said. “ You [the Western media] kind of create an illusion among millions of spectators that we do have such laws, but we do not. Russia has adopted the law banning propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors, but these are completely different things."
Some groups have called for a boycott of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, because of the issue. President Obama has already rejected that plea.
The International Olympic Committee said Russia will not discriminate during the games even though the law will be place.
Asked if athletes or fans would be punished if they made statements or gestures considered to be propaganda, Putin told the AP they wouldn’t be.
Russia decriminalized homosexuality in 1993.