US Lawmaker Calls for Olympic Gay Rainbow Flag Parade to ‘Embarrass’ Putin

By on August 13, 2013

A week after senior US lawmaker Sen. Chuck Schumer called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “schoolyard bully,” on Monday he urged athletes marching in the opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year to wave the rainbow flag to show support for gay rights and embarrass the Russian leader.

“When we march initially, all the countries should wave the multicolored flag for gay rights. That would be pretty embarrassing for Putin, let our athletes participate and still take a stand,” Schumer said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

Putin signed legislation in June that bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors. Russia’s Interior Ministry, which controls the police force, confirmed Monday that the controversial anti-gay law will be enforced during the Sochi Olympics, which are due to be held from February 7-23.

Appearing on MSNBC, Schumer dismissed calls to boycott the Sochi Games, saying “all these athletes train for so long.” But he did say, “Standing up to Putin right now is important because he’s a bully.”

The senior senator from New York also explained why he thinks US-Russia relations have soured so much since Putin returned to power last year.

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  • Lannyboy

    If any of you think that the U.S. government and congress represents the God of the Holy Bible, this article and the statements of Schumer proves how wrong you all are.

  • Cobber Campbell

    Who now runs this world? The gays who have blatant but proud demnds on all society who are bending over??backwards to give them what ever and whom ever they want to satisfy their demands.True or False!

  • Lesli Spice

    There are so many more important issues that we could be making a statement for and our politicians chose this issue? Shame. This confirms the power of the homosexuals who have organized and now have a large influence. We allowed it by our own actions in failing to vote, failing to walk the walk by respecting others, judging others and not ourselves, our own immorality in allowing sex outside of marriage, divorce, not honoring our parents, disrespect of authority.

  • DemolitionMan57

    Way to go UpChuck! Why don’t you just go ahead and get all of our athletes banned from the Olympics. Again, Putin is not banning gays from participating, just outward displays and propaganda. This shows the true stripe of the homosexual agenda.

  • frankfan42

    When athletes compete in another country they are guests of that country. People with manners and decency conduct themselves in a manner so as not to offend either their own country, or the country they visit. The Olympics are about athletic competition. Embarass Putin Mr Schumer? I think the real embarassment would be to our athletes and our country for acting like spoiled brats, and not conducting ourselves like ladies and gentlemen. Shame on Schumer.

  • heald

    Is he an idiot. Putin’s gonna put these people in a gulag if they try anything

  • DerekJR321

    Hey Chuck.. your a NY Senator… try worrying about your constituents instead of trying to make a name for yourself. As a NY’er I know we got PLENTY of problems in this state. If you can’t do your job and represent us.. then we WILL vote your sorry ass out.

  • Ezra Pound

    “Hey, why don’t you go run naked in your neighbor’s yard spreading feces all over yourself! That would REALLY embarrass your neighbor!” Is Schumer serious?!? He thinks that Americans behaving like idiots would “embarrass Putin”!?! Can an intelligent person conclude anything other than Schumer is an enemy of this country???