U.N. General Assembly calls for inclusion during Sochi Olympics

In response to concerns over Russia's anti-LGBT "propaganda" laws enacted last summer, the U.N. General Assembly passed a motion on Wednesday urging Moscow to "promote social inclusion without discrimination" during the Winter Olympics. This motion is important because the games are a symbolic global event which promote peace and understanding and should thus be open to everyone. As US delegate Elizabeth Cousens eloquently put it:

"Sport embraces all segments of society and is instrumental in empowering people with diverse backgrounds, while fostering tolerance and respect for all people no matter what they look like, where they come from, where they worship or whom they love."

The Russian government has repeatedly assured Olympic officials that no one will be discriminated against during the games.

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