Crown Prince Frederik, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the foreign minister, Villy Søvndal (Socialistisk Folkeparti), have responded to the urging of political parties to speak out against the laws that persecute sexual minorities.
Pop star Katy Perry, preparing for the release of her new song “Roar”, delivered a roar of her own to Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott. According to AFP on August 14, Perry confronted Abbott about his stance on gay marriage.
The Defense Department announced Wednesday that it would begin offering benefits to the same-sex spouses of military personnel and other employees by early September, in response to the Supreme Court decision that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Yelena Mizulina, chairperson of the Russian Duma’s Committee on Family, Women, and Children, who authored that nation's "Homosexual Propaganda" law which targets those who promote "nontraditional sexual relations" to children, has begun to target her opponents using the full investigative power of the Russian government, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
But GE steps forward over LGBT rights in Russia: “We expect the IOC to uphold human rights in every aspect of the Games.” Other Olympics sponsors back the International Olympic Committee attempt to avoid conflict with Putin.