Agree or Disagree: Countries boycotting the Winter Olympics for Russia’s “Anti-Gay” law


One of the big stories of the summer has been Russia’s “Anti-Gay” law.

What it is in essence is Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors”

Here is the Article 6.21 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses says

Propaganda is the act of distributing information among minors that 1) is aimed at the creating nontraditional sexual attitudes, 2) makes nontraditional sexual relations attractive, 3) equates the social value of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations, or 4) creates an interest in nontraditional sexual relations. 

Many athletes including Canada’s own Sidney Crosby has spoken against this.

For me growing up in Canada, my view has always been that way,” Crosby said during a news conference Sunday to kick off Canada’s Olympic camp. “I think that everyone has an equal right to play and I think we’ve been supportive of that. With the Olympics and the controversy around that I think those decisions and those laws aren’t necessarily something that I agree with personally … their laws and their views.

Watching people like Crosby and Shea Weber who has spoken out about issues like this before, it leads to this question. I realize that this will not happen, but it’s something people have been thinking about.

What if Canada, and or the USA, or any other country decided that they would boycott the Olympics in Russia because of this law?. It would not be the first boycott. It happened in 1980 in Moscow and  was followed by  a boycott in Los Angeles in 1984. Would you support this?

To give perspective on the two sides, I’ll share two different articles.

This one is Russia defending the anti-gay law. 

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Russia-defends-anti-gay-law-in-letter-to-IOC

This one expresses some opposition.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/58649/russia-s-anti-gay-law-spelled-out-in-plain-english

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