Gay group wants Coca-Cola to cork Russia's strict anti-gay law

Author: TheImproper, Published on: 28 October 2013

Gay rights group “All Out” picketed Coca-Cola’s Atlanta, Ga. Headquarters...to urge the soft-drink maker to protest Russia’s strict anti-gay laws ahead of the 2014 winter Olympic Games. Coke is a major Olympic sponsor...Coke said it will have a statement this week. “Coke is an incredibly important position of power and has the ability to influence the International Olympic Committee, other sponsors, and Russian leaders,” Andre Banks, the group’s executive director and co-founder said. To keep the company focused on the issue, All Out hired three billboard trucks to circle Coke’s global headquarters building. The trucks bore a message urging the company to demand a repeal of the nation’s anti-gay laws...[T]he group said it’s 140,000 members sent messages to Coke’s Chief Executive with a set of demands. They want the company to call for a repeal of the Russian laws before the games begin, make a donation to Russian human rights groups, and lobby for a change in Olympic rules to only hold games in countries that respect human rights...Putin signed a bill into law banning the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.” The measure is so broad it can be used to halt gay pride marches, gay groups and gay literature in the face of hefty fines.

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