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More talk of Russia's anti-gay law at Sochi Olympics

February 06, 2014|By David Wharton

SOCHI, Russia --- The debate over Russia's anti-gay law continued at the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Thursday, with American and Russian officials facing questions on the issue.

The discussion followed news that three sponsors of the U.S. Olympic Committee -- AT&T, DeVry University and yogurt maker Chobani -- had taken public stands against the law.

A USOC official insisted the controversy had not hurt her organization.

"We have not lost any revenue," Lisa Baird, USOC chief marketing officer said. "Companies are drawn to Team USA because it is an incredibly diverse team."

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak repeated two common government themes. One holds that, despite the law which criminalizes discussion of gay rights in the presence of minors, his country does not discriminate. The other focuses on protecting children.

"Every adult has their own right to understand their sexual activity," Kozak said. "Please do not touch the kids, that is the only thing."

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