The controversy around Russia’s law banning the propaganda of “non-traditional sexual relations” wont be going away soon, but that hasn’t stopped Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko from calling it an “invented problem.”
On the final day of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow on Sunday, Mutko went before reporters and issued the following statement:
We don’t have a law to ban non-traditional sexual relations. The mass media in the West have focused much more on this law more than they do in Russia.
We want to protect our younger generation whose physicality has not been formulated. It is a law striving to protect rights of children – and not intended to deprive anybody of their private life (Reuters).
(Yes, won’t someone please think of the children! They are so menaced by all The Gay!)
Mutko’s statement is contradicted by the fact that the law was a big issue at the IAAF Championships. There was Yelena Isinbayeva and her “misunderstood” statement, Nick Symmond’s comments, and the ordering of Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro to remove her rainbow-colored fingernail paint. If Mutko thinks the whole issue will have blown over by the start of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, he’s likely going to be sorely disappointed.