Sep 11 2013

 

 

 

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Getting Republicans and Democrats to agree on almost anything these days is next to impossible. However California State Senator Mark Leno managed to bring both parties together to sharply condemn the Russian campaign against its LGBT citizens.

Senate Resolution 18 is tough and has a bite to it. Leno's office describes the resolution which passed the State Senate with am astounding bipartisan vote of 29 to 1!

SR 18 was introduced in response to Russia’s new laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. In addition to asking the state’s two largest pension funds to stop making direct future investments in Russia, the resolution calls on the International Olympic Committee to withdraw its position that expressing support for LGBT people and their rights is a violation of its rules and to seek a written guarantee from the Russian government that athletes and other visitors to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will not be prosecuted under the anti-gay laws. SR 18 also urges other organizations holding large internationally televised events in Russia, including the Miss Universe Organization and its owner Donald Trump, to move their events to countries without such virulently anti-gay laws.