August 12, 2013
A week after senior US lawmaker Sen. Chuck Schumer called Russian
President Vladimir Putin a “schoolyard bully,” on Monday he urged
athletes marching in the opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in
Sochi next year to wave the rainbow flag to show support for gay rights
and embarrass the Russian leader.
“When we march initially, all the countries should wave the
multicolored flag for gay rights. That would be pretty embarrassing for
Putin, let our athletes participate and still take a stand,” Schumer
said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.
Putin signed legislation in June that bans the promotion of
homosexuality to minors. Russia’s Interior Ministry, which controls the
police force, confirmed Monday that the controversial anti-gay law will
be enforced during the Sochi Olympics, which are due to be held from