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Commentary: Why boycotting Winter Olympics in anti-gay Russia isn't the right move

Commentary: Why boycotting Winter Olympics in anti-gay Russia isn't the right move

Those suggesting a boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia due to the country’s recent passage of draconian anti-gay laws should reconsider. It’s clear from the decades-long gay rights movement here in the United States that gays and lesbians have always changed hearts and minds and forced public policy changes by being counted, not by sitting it out. The gay community here has won key rights, including marriage in more than a dozen states like Maryland, not by refusing to participate in the political and legal systems that have discriminated against them, but by getting smart and using those systems to their own advantage. Along the way, gay and lesbian...

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