Charles Schumer wants Gay Pride flags at Winter Olympics in Sochi

Wed. August 14, 2013 9:11 AM by

Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, has endorsed New York Times columnist Frank Bruni's idea of nations waving Gay Pride flags during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Schumer said that he did not support boycotting the games to protest a recently approved controversial law which prohibits the promotion of "gay propaganda" to minors. On Monday, Russia confirmed that the law would be enforced at Sochi.

"That'd be pretty embarrassing for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin," Schumer said. "Let our athletes participate but still make a stand."

Bruni wrote: "Imagine rainbow flags or comparable symbols not just in the American delegation but in the British, French, Argentine and South African ones. Imagine what that would say and how that would feel to a 14-year-old girl watching from rural Oklahoma, where she worries hourly about her attraction to other girls and its impact on her future. Or to a 35-year-old gay man in one of the many African countries where homosexual acts are punishable with lengthy prison sentences or even death. Or to a lesbian or gay Russian of any age."

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