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S.RES.311: A resolution calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to strongly oppose Russia's discriminatory law against the freedom of expression for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons and to obtain written assurance that host countries of the Olympic Games will uphold all international human rights and civil rights obligations for all persons observing or participating in the Games regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and for other purposes.

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about sports and recreation
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Sponsor Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.
Total Cosponsors 3 (All Democrats)
Introduced Nov. 21, 2013
Latest Major Action Nov. 21, 2013
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Bill Summary

Calls on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to: (1) strongly oppose Russia's discriminatory law against the freedom of expression for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons as inconsistent with Russia's international obligations and with the value of the Olympic movement; (2) insist, as a condition of holding the planned Olympic Games in Sochi, that the Government of the Russian Federation provide unconditional assurance that no one involved or affiliated with the Olympic Games will have their human rights, including their right to free expression, violated due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of support for LGBT human rights; (3) insist that venders and contractors have LGBT nondiscrimination policies in place for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and for all future Olympic Games or other Olympic events; (4) call on the Russian Federation to allow a Pride House that has the mission of celebrating diversity an...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Nov. 21, 2013 Referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (text of measure as introduced: CR S8465-8466)