2013-08-09 11:11:00

Obama opposed to law banning gay propaganda passed in Russia

Washington, August 9, Interfax - U.S. President Barack Obama is opposed to the law banning gay propaganda among children passed in Russia, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

"The President absolutely opposes and has made clear in regards to laws in other countries that discrimination against individuals, whether race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation is unacceptable," Carney said.

When asked by a journalist whether this related to the law passed in Russia, Carney said: "Sure, yes."

The U.S. is opposed to such laws in any country, Russia included, Carney said.

When asked whether the U.S. was concerned that members of the U.S. team going to the Sochi Olympics with non-traditional orientation could face prosecution, the official said: "It is in Russia's interest to ensure that the Olympics are a success." Carney said the U.S. expected Russia "to take the necessary measures to ensure their success."