U.S. Olympic Committee adds sexual orientation to non-discrimination policy

USA Olympic ringsBY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Washington Blade

The U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors on Thursday voted to add sexual orientation to its non-discrimination policy.

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun made the announcement earlier on Friday during a speech he delivered in Colorado Springs, Colo., as he discussed a Russian law that bans gay propaganda to minors. Blackmun also referenced the reassurances the International Olympic Committee has said it has received from the Kremlin that the statute will not impact athletes and others who plan to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

“Even though we have been assured by the IOC that the new law will not directly impact anybody in Russia for the games, it is important for us to emphasize that we believe the law is inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the Olympic and Paraolympic movements,” Blackmun said.

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