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
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.