So far silence from Olympians on anti-gay laws

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Associated Press

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 15 at 7:33 AM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — So far, there's been nothing but silence from Olympic athletes on Russia's anti-gay laws, but organizers of a campaign to draw attention to the statutes say they're not deterred.

Andre Banks, executive director of AllOut, one of the groups protesting the laws, says each athlete must "find the moment" to speak out if they choose to.

Midway through the Olympics, no athletes have found that moment, and the issue of gay rights has largely faded into the background at the games.

AllOut and fellow group Athlete Ally had wanted Olympians to display the logo P6 to draw attention to Principle Six of the Olympic Charter that says discrimination in any form is not compatible with the Olympic movement. They had also hoped that athletes would speak out against Russian laws banning gay "propaganda" from reaching minors.

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