Obama: US Olympians will show equality

2014-01-29 18:23
US President Barack Obama gives a thumbs up. (Jewel Samad, AFP)

US President Barack Obama gives a thumbs up. (Jewel Samad, AFP)

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Washington - President Barack Obama says the world will see the US's commitment to universal dignity when the US takes home gold medals on the Olympic Games.

In his State of the Union address, Obama says the US believes in the equality of every human regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. He says no other country does what the US does.

He says the world turns to the US because of the ideals the US stands for and the burdens it bears to advance them.

The issue of equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people has become a prominent issue ahead of the Olympic Games in Sochi because of Russia's new laws banning gay "propaganda" to children. Obama's delegation to the Olympic ceremonies includes prominent gay athletes.

- AP
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