Despite assurances from the International Olympic Committee that gay or “progay” Olympic athletes and spectators wouldn’t be arrested under Russia’s antigay laws during the 2014 Games, Vitaly Milonov, the lawmaker who sponsored the “non-traditional relationships” bill is saying the government doesn’t have the right to suspend the laws. “It doesn’t have the authority,” he said in an interview with Interfax. And according to him, several of his U.S. counterparts agree with the anti-LGBT legislation. “Having spoken with many American politicians, I understand that they support the stance I’ve taken on this issue,” he said. And which ones would those be?
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