Russia anti-gay law may spark Olympic boycotts

Gay rights activist Cathy Marino-Thomas, center, of Brooklyn, chants slogans during a demonstration in front of the Russian consulate in New York, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Russian vodka and the Winter Olympics in Sochi are the prime targets as gays in the United States and elsewhere propose boycotts and other tactics to convey their outrage over Russia's intensifying campaign against gay-rights activism. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

August 2, 2013 7:56:26 AM PDT
Russia's anti-gay law is raising concerns that some of America's top athletes who are openly gay would be arrested before at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Russia's new anti-gay laws ban some gay symbols. While that leads some people calling for a boycott of the winter games the country is hosting, other groups are urging athletes to show up in Sochi from February 7-24, 2014, in full force.

On Friday, the Russian sports minister warned that athletes and spectators could face fines, deportation and even jail if they violate the anti-gay law. Speaking about homosexuality around minors or displaying symbols like a rainbow flag in the public are illegal after the law was signed in June.

Two-time Olympian and openly gay American figure skater said he'll be there.

"I'll take proper precautions but at the same time I won't stop being myself. I won't stop being Johnny Weir the gay, fabulous ice skater," he said.