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U.S. senator to introduce resolution against Russian anti-LGBT law

Democratic Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley will introduce a U.S. Senate resolution calling on the International Olympic Committee to oppose Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law and receive guarantees about the law’s enforcement during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

A Russian news source reported Thursday that the country’s sports minister said the law would be enforced during the games, slated to take place in February 2014.

The statement from Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko contradicted a prior statement of the IOC that the international body had received assurances the new law would not be applied to “those attending or taking part in the Games.”

The resolution, the Senate’s first formal statement about the Russian laws, has yet to be finalized and will likely not be introduced until the Senate returns from its August recess.

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