Obama: Russia's anti-gay law is like 76 others' anti-gay laws

Published: August 9, 2013

 President Obama made clear this week that Russia’s crackdown on homosexuals and critics of the current regime is much like what has been going on for decades in 76-plus countries with anti-homosexuality laws. As a New Yorker blog reports, recounting Obama’s appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Aug. 6:

 
Obama pointed out to Leno that “what’s happening in Russia is not unique. When I travelled to Africa, there were some countries that are doing a lot of good things for their people, who we’re working with and helping on development issues, but in some cases have persecuted gays and lesbians.” [Homosexual activity is illegal in 38 African countries, to be precise.]
 
He said that this “made for some uncomfortable press conferences,” but added that it was “one of the things that I think is very important for me to speak out on.”

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