Obama: Sochi group shows US doesn’t discriminate

President Barack Obama says the delegation he’s sending to

Russia for the Winter Olympics shows the United States doesn’t make

distinctions on the basis of sexual orientation.

Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws

banning ”gay propaganda.”

Obama’s group heading to Sochi includes openly gay athletes

Brian Boitano, Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow. He says the

delegation ”speaks for itself,” and they are world-class athletes

who happen to be gay.

The Sochi Games are the first since 2000 to which the U.S. is

not sending a president, former president, first lady or vice

president.

Obama says it would be tough for him to attend the games himself

next year with all that’s going on in Washington. But he predicted

he will attend again after his presidency.