In an Op-Ed for The New York Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin argues his case against US military action in Syria and concludes by taking issue with President Obama’s case that America is “exceptional.”
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s controversial op-ed piece he had published Wednesday evening in The New York Times and his record on gay rights.
“What I found interesting was the closing,” Pelosi said. “He says when we pray to God he judges us all as — I don’t know exactly was his words are — but he says that we are all God’s children. I think that’s great. I hope it applies to gays and lesbians in Russia as well.”
Putin made his comments in the New York Times Wednesday evening in an attack on President Obama saying the United States was not an especially exceptional nation. Here is a small excerpt from Putin’s Op-ed piece:
I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation,” Putin wrote. “There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.
I think this summary via America Blog pretty much sums up the international legal situation concerning Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” law:
Russia has recently received criticism from around the world and across the international community for enacting a law that bans the distribution of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors. Under the Russian statute, it is a criminal act to hold any sort of public demonstration in favour of gay rights, speak in defense of gay rights or distribute material related to gay rights, or to state that gay relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships. International human rights organisations and the governments of developed democracies have condemned the Russian law. The United Nations and European regional institutions have called for it to be repealed, making clear that the Russian law in question as well as other infringements of LGBT rights in the country are a direct violation of international human rights law, including the right of children to receive proper information, and of Russia’s international obligations. The Council of Europe has called on Russia to protect LGBT rights fully, the European Court of Human Rights has fined Russia for infringements of LGBT rights, and the UN Human Rights Committee has ruled that the Russian gay “propaganda ban” in question is inadmissible under international law.
Pelosi let her discontent with the Russian president’s hypocrisy known via Twitter as well: