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Pelosi: Russian law like 'ancient history'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) 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 Olympics Committee has “never been concerned about human rights.”

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“In light of the LGBT issues, it is like going into ancient history,” she said on NowThis News. “The whole world is moved to a different place, and that there should even be an issue speaks to the inappropriateness of Russia being the site for the Winter Olympics.”
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 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.

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