President Obama appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and stated that he has ‘no patience’ with Russia’s anti-gay law and is disappointed with Russia’s decision to not turn Snowden over to the US.
More specifically, President Obama stated that he will have:
"no patience for countries that try to treat gays and lesbians and transgendered persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them."
Obama went on to say the Russia has a huge stake in making the Olympics work. He continued:
"I think they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics, we wouldn’t tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently … One of the things I think is very important for me to speak out on is making sure that people are treated fairly and justly because that’s what we stand for, and I believe that that’s a precept that’s not unique to America. That’s just something that should apply everywhere."
In other gay rights related news, Stephen Fry released an open letter to the IOC, begging them to take a stand against Russia’s anti-gay law.
Fry asks the IOC to ban the Sochi Winter Olympics entirely, begging them to be held in any other location. Fry relates Putin’s anti-gay laws to Hitler using Jews as scapegoats in the 1930’s.
To read the letter in its entirety, click here.