Russia: Tourists, Athletes Subject To Anti-Gay Laws At Winter OlympicsGreg Howard8/01/13 11:40amFiled to: Winter OlympicsRussiaGaysSochiHomophobiaVladimir Putin1174EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkRussia has a problem: Gay people exist. They're ghastly and gross and bad, and they could destroy the traditional family and rip apart the very fabric of the nation. Even the idea of homosexuality represents a danger to the country, which is why this summer, Vladimir Putin signed wide-sweeping anti-gay and anti-gay propaganda laws to protect his citizens and fight against the country's population decline. The only problem is that next February, the world is going to crash upon Russia's shores and flood the western city of Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Gays and the ones who love them are sure to come. And now Russia is in a pickle. As Gawker's Rich Juzwiak explained, even though consensual homosexual sex was decriminalized in Russia 1993, that barely means dick now, as discriminatory legislation has been introduced to further marginalize gays. On July 3, Putin signed a bill that not only outlawed Russian children from being adopted by same-sex couples, but outlawed Russian children from being adopted by couples who lived in countries where gay marriage is legal. Three days before that, Putin signed a law that banned the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors. That means no PDA. No positive LGBT tweets. No rainbow pins. No support of homosexuality of any kind. Harvey Fierstein pointed out in The New York Times that the law grants police the authority to arrest anyone, including foreign nationals, they suspect of being gay, fine them, and even detain them for up to 14 days. All to protect the children.