John Kerry Receives Letter From Lawmakers Demanding Protection Of LGBT Rights At 2014 Olympics

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August 5, 2013
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking for protection of LGBT rights at the 2014 Olympic games in Russia.

There have been conflicting reports about whether the country's strict anti-gay law would be enforced for visiting athletes and guests.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko stated this week that athletes and spectators attending the 2014 Sochi Olympics would be held accountable to the country's anti-gay laws, but just one day later, Igor Ananskikh, deputy chairman of the State Duma’s Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Policy Committee, said "a decision has been made not to raise this issue during the Olympics."

The International Olympics Committee has said the laws would not affect athletes.

The group asking for Kerry's help included 83 members of Congress, led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).