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The Olympics are supposed to be about the mastery of sport at its highest level. The world's best amateur athletes can inspire and uplift you as they go for the gold. But when Olympic organizers take harsh political stances that run counter to a rising tide of popular opinion, it can mar the majesty of Olympic sport, unless enough of us speak out in opposition.

This year's Winter Olympics, held in the Russian resort town of Sochi, have been wracked by controversy since a Russian law was passed last year that made it illegal to even talk about gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender rights. Pro-LGBT groups have protested the Sochi Olympics as Russian officials, all the way up to President Vladimir Putin, have made statements and issued orders that threaten gay attendees with arrest or worse. This firestorm has only intensified as the games get under way -- and now, big businesses are taking a stand as well. Here are some of the Olympics advertisers that have already stood up in support of LGBT rights at the Sochi Olympics:

Telecom giant AT&T (NYSE: T  ) was the first major corporation to voice its support for LGBT rights at Sochi, when it released a blog post titled "A Time for Pride and Equality." AT&T, a longtime sponsor of Team USA, responded to a Human Rights Watch request to support LGBT rights by saying:

We support LGBT equality globally and we condemn violence, discrimination, and harassment targeted against LGBT individuals everywhere. Russia's law is harmful to LGBT individuals and families, and it's harmful to a diverse society. ... We also want to be on record with our support for the LGBT community, and we hope that others involved with the Olympic Games will do the same.

The blog post concluded with the hashtag #ItsOurTime, the motto of AT&T's Olympic campaign, and which now can be read with meanings in the wake of AT&T's public LGBT support.

Source: Google.

The world's largest search engine also got out in front of the Olympic opening ceremony with a Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) doodle on its homepage that featured the LGBT "rainbow alliance" colors highlighting several Winter Olympic sports. Beneath the search box, Google included a rare bit of text for explanation, in the form of the Olympic Charter:

The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play.

Google isn't the first to point out a contravention of the Olympic spirit of openness at the Games. Human Rights Watch, which is currently helping lead the gay-rights response to Russia's crackdown, accused Saudi Arabia of violating the charter in the lead-up to the London Olympics in 2012. Saudi Arabia, a strongly Islamic nation, has a long history of barring female participation in athletic competitions.

DeVry University
Educate yourself on LGBT rights -- for-profit college chain and Team USA sponsor DeVry Education (NYSE: DV  ) did when it released the following statement:

As a USOC sponsor, DeVry University, and its parent organization DeVry Education Group, supports the diversity of our US Olympic & Paralympic athletes, as well as our DeVry Group colleagues around the world. We are against Russia's anti-LGBT law & support efforts to improve LGBT equality.

American Apparel
Controversial clothing brand American Apparel   (NYSEMKT: APP  ) is stepping into the thick of things again with its clothing -- but this time, it's for the message rather than the presentation. The company isn't an Olympic sponsor, but it's nevertheless released a new line called P6, or Principle 6, which is named after the sixth Fundamental Principle of Olympism: "Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender, or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement."

This isn't American Apparel's first pro-gay effort, as it promoted a "Legalize Gay" campaign during the lead-up to voting on California's Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage-ban amendment. Although American Apparel clearly intends that P6 be used to protest Russian discrimination, it's also using the "otherwise" in part of that principle to give wearers leeway to avoid running afoul of the ban on political speech in effect at the Olympics. Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff, one of the seven openly gay Olympic athletes at Sochi, will likely wear P6 clothes at some point during her Olympic stay.

Source: Chobani.

Greek yogurt can have a global cause, too. Pivately held Chobani, a Team USA sponsor, issued a statement straight from the top when CEO Hamdi Ulukaya told the press: "It's disappointing that in 2014 this is still an issue. We are against all laws and practices that discriminate in any way, whether it be where you come from or who you love -- for that reason, we oppose Russia's anti-LGBT law." The company has since followed up with a pro-gay campaign that included the rainbow-cups image to the right as part of a tweet that has now been favorited or shared more than 4,000 times.

Chobani is currently embroiled in an import spat with Russian authorities, who have refused to allow a shipment of yogurt cups meant for Olympic athletes (high-protein Greek yogurt is a good snack for fitness freaks) to reach Sochi. The reasons for Russia's refusal of this one particular shipment remain unknown.

General Motors' (NYSE: GM  ) Chevrolet brand stepped up during the opening ceremonies with two commercials that highlight the changing face of America -- and, tellingly, both of them feature gay couples among their imagery. Here's one of the ads, with a husband and husband as part of "the new love":

This ad tastefully underscores the similarities that bind different people's experiences together, and it's the first GM ad to feature a married gay couple. Chevy will air eight different ads during the Olympics, so there may be more opportunities for the brand to display its LGBT support before the last medals are awarded. While GM and Chevy have not explicitly publicized their opposition to Russia's LGBT crackdown, these ads are perhaps the most visible pro-gay signal of the Olympics, with the possible exception of Google's rainbow doodle.

Fight for your (human) rights
The issue of LGBT rights isn't going to go away during the Sochi Olympics, no matter how much Russian authorities might try to sweep their crackdown efforts under the rug. However, it may be some time before Russia allows its same-sex couples equal rights -- but the United States is already well on its way to providing LGBT individuals with the same protections afforded their straight brethren. Same-sex marriages are already legal in 14 American states, and a record 54% of American adults now believe that these marriages should be granted the same rights as marriage between a man and a woman.

No matter where you stand on this issue, you're bound to have an opinion, so please let us know what you think by leaving a respectful comment below.

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  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 8:14 AM, wjcoffman wrote:


  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 9:25 AM, mikey860 wrote:

    I don't care what that had in style, If they though for one min. money was involved. They would sell there soul and there mother soul, and would promote having sex with animals if that was possible. These Co. don't run on morals. Only Money.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 9:59 AM, Ebby720 wrote:

    Don't use any of their products....won't start either.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 11:15 AM, bkwnc1 wrote:

    Actually I support the athletes at the olympics. Sad that these businesses or companies choose to discriminate against all athletes that aren't gay.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 11:31 AM, Sammysees wrote:

    Mikey860: seriously, dude? Not THERE SOUL, THEIR SOUL. you can't go around dissing people and using the wrong form of the word. There = a place. Their = belonging to someone., and They're = They are. Should we work o. Your and you're next?

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 12:36 PM, DenK wrote:

    Looks like I won't be buying a Chevrolet anytime in the future. Hope Honda doesn't jump the shark.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 12:47 PM, iSayit wrote:

    The greatest trick of satan in the first century of the world was to fool everyone that he was not there. We have come full circle. This is our enemy putting a good face to something that is believed by 96% people being strait, to be an issue of choice. The best thing about all of this is that so far it has been proven scientifically at least, to be an issue of choice. Now when they force the whole world to agree with their choices, I have to ask myself, what of the rights of everyone else. I for one believe in choice, but also in the consequences of my choices. I believe that if you choose to be gay, so be it. I choose to be strait, but I do not force anyone to be strait. As to these companies, they are a bunch of weaklings who cannot stand their place. Why not stay out of it and just support the Olympic Games. I do not want to know who is gay and why. I personally do not believe gays can be married in the biblical sense, but they can have a civil union, and deserve all the rights that come with that.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 12:52 PM, iSayit wrote:

    Let me be clear, I do not want to hurt gay people, I do not want laws to segregate them, I do not WANT gay people targeted in any way for that matter. I just am sick and tired of everyone COMING OUT. I do however believe in the separation of church and state, so the government and the supreme court should keep their noses out of marriage, it is a church matter. The church should not get mixed up in state matters unless it is related in any way to human suffering. Now let me also point out that marriage is defined my God in the Bible, and not by man and least of all by some rediculous law.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 1:18 PM, peckbill wrote:

    I do not support gay marriages. Regardless of the Supreme Court Ruling and the vote by the Boy Scout Leaders, concerning same sex marriage and queers in the Boy Scouts, I still have my views and they are the views shared by many other people. Some churches are now changing their mind and supporting same sex marriages and queer/lesbians. These churches are false in their religious beliefs.

    The Supreme Court doesn’t even realize just how they screwed up; and, they won’t until it is too late.

    The Bible does not support same sex marriages and I defy anyone to find a place in the Bible that says same sex marriages are fine in the sight of God. Now if you are an Atheist, you don’t care. Even an Agnostic must have some special feeling for man is man and woman is woman and sex or unusual relations between those of the same sex is wrong and against the law in most States.

    In my opinion, there is a distinct difference between being gay and being queer/lesbian. A gay person has a companion or friend of the same sex and wants to spend the rest of his/her natural life making the individual happy. A queer/lesbian is an individual who wants to be identified or likes someone of the same sex and it is usually sexual or denial of one’s self; I would have to classify the Boy Scouts who want to be identified as unisexual or physically being male and wanting to be a female as a queer.

    I have an important point; now that gays, queers and lesbians are recognized and legal in a lot of states how about prostitution; it is one of the oldest professions known to man. I think the prostitutes have a good legal argument in becoming legal. After all, sex with a prostitute is usually good clean sex and is normally done in the accepted way; oral copulation and anal sex were illegal (and still are in most states) until the recognition of gays, queers and lesbians; so prostitutes can be considered “doing it properly”. The only thing to figure out is how the government will tax the income (tax the pimp or tax the prostitute); it could be termed a “hole” tax. There would also be something in this new aspect for women; you bored housewives could get a good paying job and become a second bread winner for the household.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 1:28 PM, ierakas3 wrote:

    no i dont support gay rights I AM SAD to see the death of society because of money may GOD HAVE MERCY ON US

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 1:49 PM, sunny40 wrote:

    Thanks for posting the list of these companies. This makes it easy to NOT use these companies or any of their products.

    Shame on them.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 1:52 PM, sunny40 wrote:

    Alex Planes next time stick to writing about money and the investment of money, not political statements. No one wants to hear or read this garbage.

    And that is exactly what it is, garbage.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 1:53 PM, sunny40 wrote:

    Also, this places a "black eye" on the Motley Fool brand to even have writers like you write for them.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 1:55 PM, DM1995 wrote:

    I don't believe in Gays! God created Men/Women!

    Gays marriages are destroying God's human creation. (Gays make no baby)

    If US support Gays & Gay Marriages, Gays around the world will come to US to make with US gays & Our USA will become Gay Nation, we will have Gay Supreme Court, Gay Churches & Gay city/state ...etc.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 2:21 PM, doraglasberg wrote:

    Being a homosexual person has nothing to do with morals. I cannot believe the ignorance of some posters in 2014. Okay. I can. And Ted Nugent is a PATRIOT. And Sarah Palin is SMART,

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 2:22 PM, doraglasberg wrote:

    Th elast time I looked gays WERE men and women.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 3:12 PM, wrtrblk wrote:

    I like the fact that many of the posts I read condemn the gay lifestyle. Let's keep it up.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 3:52 PM, amye wrote:

    I am a gay American and am very grateful to live in a country where minority rights are beginning to be respected. Given the virulence of the above posters, I would fear living anywhere where I was not afforded some protections. Many have commented that they are sick of gay people coming out. I am now retired, but I worked for thirty years in the closet, terrified that I would be fired if anyone knew about my sexuality. The terrible pain you've had to endure reading about gays in a couple of articles is nothing in comparison to the fear and pain gays have experienced over many decades.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 3:52 PM, SLTom992 wrote:

    Well, now I know what companies to cease doing business with. I had planned on keeping AT&?T when my contract expired but will now look elsewhere.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 4:20 PM, pande wrote:


  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 4:56 PM, SaraLazio wrote:

    Every one should have the basic human right to decided who they want to spend the rest of their lives with. And same-sex marriages are legal in 17 states in the good ole' USA plus in our nations capital.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 5:17 PM, RSwint4 wrote:

    I will NOT SUPPORT gay marriages, Period! I will not discriminate any gay person, but this is wrong.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 5:18 PM, RSwint4 wrote:

    Gay marriage is wrong regardless of the ruling from any court in the US. I believe in Human Rights!

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 5:26 PM, Nativeman wrote:

    But just how gay do they really mean exactly?

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 5:37 PM, Foolishlong wrote:

    Wow. I'm amazed (and saddened) by the hateful bile being poured into the comments. Just to touch on a few:

    @bkwnc1: The fact that these companies support LGBT people does not mean they don't support hetero folks. They aren't discriminating in any way against people who aren't LGBT. What an absurd comment.

    @all the bible thumpers: Yes, we all know you are the most devout in your church and are so horribly offended to know that gay people exist. Unfortunately, you seem to have missed a lot of the message in the Bible, especially the parts about not judging others, loving your neighbor, not throwing stons, God is Love, and many more. You might also want to look up the bits about wearing blended fibers and eating shellfish. You're all going to hell! lol The U.S. is not a theocracy. If you want to live in a theocracy, move to Syria or Iran, to be with people with beliefs similar to your own.

    @Maxpainis: You really should seek psychiatric help for your paranoid conspiracy theories. You only show your foolishness by writing (and not Motley Fool type foolishness...just the stupid kind).

    @iSayit: What a crock! Your comment, "The best thing about all of this is that so far it has been proven scientifically at least, to be an issue of choice" is patently false. What's your source for that comment? A Faux News survey? I can tell you for a fact that it is not a choice - no more than it was for you. You didn't choose to be hetero (if you actually are) any more than I chose my orientation. It's never a choice. All these folks who are so appalled by LGBT folks seem to protest too much. I think they have a lot more skeletons in their closets than they want to admit.

    Anyone can choose to support or not support the companies listed, but if you're boycotting everyone who supports gay rights, you better get rid of your computer and cell phone, sell your GM car (and many other cars), stop drinking Starbucks and shopping at Macy's. You're on the wrong side of history. Learn to love your neighbors instead of hating them. There's already too much hate in the world.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 6:24 PM, ChuckT63 wrote:

    The LGBT never shut up, because it's their job. The NAACP became a way for black people to have a job, and now the LGBT provides jobs for gays who can't get a job anywhere else. I'm sick of hearing about them, especially when they try to pretend they are part of a civil rights movement, which they are not. At least minorities really were being discriminated against, gays are just mad because not everybody likes them, and not everybody agrees with them. That is not a civil rights movement.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 6:45 PM, Maxpainis wrote:

    Foolishlong, facts are facts, anytime someone dispute an argument with that conspiracy theory schtick with nothing to back it up, you know they are clueless. Obama is a closet gay, and down low from Chicago whose marriage was arranged to deceit us all, his frequenting gay bathhouses in the past are well documented as are his usage of cocaine, and association with other gay partners.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 7:08 PM, Jeffkory wrote:

    Who cares as long as they bring home the gold-- it shouldn't matter.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 7:13 PM, Adewale wrote:

    TMFBiggle: "What rock are you people crawling out from?" Actually the United states started off with people who share the same view. So what rock did you crawl out of?

    I don't agree with gay bashing which is why I don't do it. At the same time I'm 100% against gay marriage. It's wrong no matter how you look at it and it's a contradiction to the very definition of the word marriage. I see nothing wrong with gays being with each other. If that makes them happy then what ever who cares but their "union" should not be qualified as a marriage. Also stop having all of these God forsaken gay pride parades. You all honestly don't understand how weak that makes this country look! Male fairies and male princesses marching down the street with buff women who have catfish breath. Yeah that gives this country a horrible look. I'm surprised Russia hasn't invaded this sour and sweet ass country yet.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 8:05 PM, Ebba wrote:

    I do not support gay marriage and I will not support companies with my business that do so as I do not want one dime supporting the LGBT. You do not see straight people out there saying "I'm coming out, I am not gay" every single day. It is time for the heterosexual Americans to start speaking out against this group and tell them to stop trying to make a claim on marriage that was ordained by God between a man and a woman. If this group wants to live their life in private, then fine, but do not push your unnatural choice of sexual partner onto everyone else. Eric Holder and the rest of this administration are so corrupt it is flat out embarrassing to the majority of Americans who do not agree with what they are doing. Before you start labeling people as bigots, there are gays out there that are embarrassed by the LGBT and unlike this group, they want to live their lives in private. They could care less whether they are married or not. Just living together is fine with them.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 8:26 PM, TruckersWife1 wrote:

    Gay rights? I'm sick of all the gay right issues. What about the rights of those who don't want to look at, hear about, read about, or think about gays? Gays keep themselves in the media asking for attention, now they want to invade an entire country who do not believe in their actions and change them. So no one is allowed a different opinion? Only gays count? I had no problem with gays living their lives until they decided to start removing my rights to have opinions and wanting to shove their agenda's down my throat. Pushy pushy people who do not truly love God or live as Christ wanted Christians to live. I had nothing more against them than any other of us who sin, but most sinners don't ask for acceptence and approval of their sins. Try going home and living your life, stop being so pushy. What more have you to prove? No I do not support gay rights at Sochi, I support the rights of a country and their laws. I will not support those compainies who push this issue either. Hello Ford, goodbye GM, I'm making the switch.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 9:03 PM, OldJim51 wrote:

    Its made shopping easier. If supporting the pornographic displays (parades and demonstrations) of the GLAAD & LGBT means that much to these companies, by all means enjoy your stance. As for myself, there are other products that I can purchase that don't promote pornography.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 9:33 PM, Eshes246 wrote:

    Thank you for posting all of these supporters of Homosexuals. I will not be supporting any of these companies anymore.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 9:37 PM, tracker96 wrote:

    what is wrong with you people! laws of nature define what is natural. if it is not natural it is not normal. all the gays, lesies and queers better be glad their parents weren't. then where would they be? forget the religion, manmade laws, ect. there is only one universal law called mother nature. do not fool with her. you will lose every time!

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 10:58 PM, leon82much wrote:

    Some of you "don't believe in discrimination of gays..but..."

    Some of you insist "...the bible..." condemns gays.

    Some of you are tired of "everyone coming out...".

    Some of you think that these companies "...discriminate against heterosexuals...".

    Some of you think "...separation of church and state.." and that the state has no business in getting into marriage.

    1. CIVIL MARRIAGE is LEGALLY DOCUMENTED MARRIAGE for the STATE, so that one can trace WHO is actually married to WHO(M), and WHERE it happened, and for TAX reasons (yes, money's an object for the State~~ as is for any church/temple/mosque, etc that rents out their holy place for weddings). SOME people have married more than one person at a time, which in almost all states is legally Illegal. The STATE involvement is ancient.

    2. GAYS COME OUT more and more because they've had to remain INVISIBLE for fear of job loss, loss of custody of children if they're a parent, loss of housing, loss of their LIFE in cases of bullying and other more violent acts. All the above in #2 STILL happen around our good old "Democracy" U.S.A., whether you want to accept this fact or not. Just as Discrimination sometimes to the point of physical death STILL happens to People of Color because they happen to have browner skin color than "white"-skinned people.

    3. The BIBLE has been translated and re-translated and re-written for nearly 2,000 years, so the chance of inaccuracies is huge. Just ask actual old testament and new testament language experts who try to find exact meanings of some words in the original language (old testament, eg.) that they still can't 100% or even 75% accuracy translate.

    4. These COMPANIES do NOT discriminate against Heterosexuals by any means just because they INCLUDE "rights" and Benefits to non-heterosexual people; like they include benefits to men AND women equally (supposedly~~though women's pay in general is STILL 75 or 76-cents to the $1.00 that a man makes). And yes, men CAN take Paternity Leave in many companies if they choose to (which is a GREAT idea so Dad's can better and quicker bond with their new child! Should men be discriminated against if they're a father with a new infant just because they're the father? NO.)

    Our United States of America is SUPPOSED to be a Democracy where All People (not just men anymore, nor just white wealthy men anymore~~technically) Are Created EQUAL UNDER THE LAW (it doesn't say EQUAL UNDER THE LAW AND RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS, does it?). If you do not really want to live in any type of Democracy, certainly there ARE many other countries that are run under a Religion of one sort of another, which is called a Theocracy; and Theocracies do NOT automatically mean that ALL PEOPLE ARE EQUAL UNDER THE LAW (check out Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Congo, Israel (for all purposes ultra-right-wing rabbis run Israel), some Asian countries, etc.

    And THEOCRACIES have ALWAYS persecuted people of one groups and/or mindset and/or religion or another, even to the point of murdering "in the name of..." the State Religion.

    Life is more Grey-Area than Black-&-White. Too bad too many of us spend time at either end and waste the majority of Grey.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 11:39 PM, wjcoffman wrote:

    Knowledge is indeed power. Or is it saturation marketing? Just get the message out in front of as many people and as many places as possible.

    . . . . and now, finally, I am a much better investor.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 12:39 AM, asianmale wrote:

    I support. who care. thats their life. he does care about your sexualality. why you care, get a job.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 12:44 AM, lovesmiko wrote:

    protect the bullies and persecute the victim, Yup that is "exactly what Jesus would do, you know the guy who condemned teasing people and preached living freely, honestly, kindly, and naturally without worldly possessions such as expensive over paid mega churches that doesn't welcome everybody to the table unconditionally.

    From my experience christians act mostly like a bunch of hypocrites who just care about the self image & saving face while trying to have you silenced if you dont fit in the club.

    Christianity is treated like an exclusive club by its members .

    Christianity is losing its relevance around the world for this very reason.

    The Christian Right activists who organize against gay rights may think they’re accomplishing a couple of goals, like rolling back gay rights and asserting their religion’s primacy in American culture. Unfortunately for them (but fortunately for the rest of us), one of the things they're doing in the long run is alienating the young people -- not a good long-term strategy .

    homophobia Scares away young People, in the long run, it’s their religion that will pay the ultimate price, available evidence shows that anti-gay activism is souring young people away from Christianity

    This issue might be the one that destroys them in the end .

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 1:26 AM, LungsOfSteel wrote:

    It's always amusing to see the America-haters spew their hate-filled vitriol against freedom and free will.

    No matter how much they try to force their restrictive laws upon the populace, they will continue to lose on the issues that matter most, especially considering America is not a theocracy.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 2:22 AM, txtopnotch wrote:

    Wow, all these Christian Taliban members and their "buy bull" thumping. Don't you folks realize that the "buy bull" is nothing but a history book? And don't you also realize that religion is not relevant except to those who have (and waste) the time to practice it? And probably the most ridiculous comment is "I defy anyone to find a place in the Bible that says same sex marriages are fine in the sight of God." We don't live in a theocracy, so the opinions of an imaginary being are also not relevant. Lastly, you buy bull thumpers sure seem to get upset when you get treated the way you treat others. If you don't want a taste of your own medicine, then don't dish it out. And if you think there's some imaginary "gay agenda" being shoved down your throats, just remember one thing: if you don't want something shoved down your throat, then don't open your mouth. How difficult is that??

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 2:24 AM, elkerr wrote:

    It is very sad that the so called Christians are venting their hatred of LGBBT people. Jesus preached LOVE. Shame on all of you haters. I support anyone who wants to acknowledge their love for another human being. Love is what God is, hatred and judgment are human weaknesses.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 5:12 AM, Boagrius wrote:

    Why can't the gays just compete as athletes and keep their sexuality out of it? Who really cares if an athlete is gay? I care less. I'm watching the sports. I don't give a crap about their sexuality. This is all just plain nonsense and the biased liberal media is the one who is pushing this agenda. Hopefully, the next administration will put a stop to this crap. What ever happened to "don't ask, don't tell" ? Keep your sexuality to yourselves gays. If you think cramming this in my face day after day will "make" me be tolerant, you are wrong.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 7:11 AM, Dreamtime wrote:

    That's for the list. Now I know who not to do business with.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 7:15 AM, oldgeek60 wrote:

    I really don't care what, Sodomites and Lesbians do. Neither does, Russia or the Russian People. Right up to the point children, under 16 are involved, this when both the US and Russia agree, there is no room in this world, for pedophiles, child molesters, or child porn, via gays or straights. We have the same laws, in all 50 US states as the Russians, have in their country. These laws are targeted at criminal actions, against children by anyone.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 2:13 PM, craighundelt wrote:

    I don't these support these companies nor the gay movement. It is cruel deception upon parents, unsuspecting teenagers, children. WASHINGTON, DC, July 8, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) - A fact sheet released at the end of June by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that HIV rates, already at epidemic proportions, are continuing to climb steadily among men who have sex with men (MSM).

    "Gay and bisexual men remain at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic," says Jonathan Mermin, the director of the CDC's division of HIV/AIDS prevention.

    The CDC notes that while homosexual men make up only a very small percentage of the male population (4%), MSM account for over three-quarters of all new HIV infections, and nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of all new infections in 2010 (29,800).

    "Men who have sex with men remain the group most heavily affected by HIV in the United States," the fact sheet states.

    US News reports that if HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to rise at the current rates, more than half of college-aged

    homosexual men will have HIV by the age of 50.

    When broken down by age group, the CDC reported that new infections among the youngest MSM, aged 13-24, increased from 7,200 infections in 2008 to 8,800 in 2010, which translates into a 22 percent increase in that time span.

    Young black MSM continue to have the highest infection rate, according to the CDC, accounting for more than half (55 percent) of new infections among young MSM.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 7:13 PM, sporttster wrote:

    Appreciate the fact there are a lot of comments on here against this nonsense that's spreading like a disease across this land. Tells me there are still decent people with morals. It irks me when I see 'gay rights'. What 'rights'?? We don't give deviant sexual behavior 'rights', anymore than we give pedophiles or other perverts 'rights'. Just because some activist judges overturned the long standing sodomy laws does not mean that was the right thing to do. It most definitely was not and neither did they have the 'right' or authority to do so! God will judge those who call evil, good, and good, evil so beware! This isn't a game, regardless how it's played or whether it's looked at with all seriousness and gravity.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 10:30 PM, Adewale wrote:

    Sorry people but you can't expect everyone to just except this as if there's nothing wrong with it.

    "Our United States of America is SUPPOSED to be a Democracy"

    It is which is why people like me practice our freedom of speech. If you don't like it then you leave.

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