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Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko: Anti-gay law won't infringe on Sochi Winter Olympics

BY JIM HEINTZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS

MOSCOW -- Russia's law banning gay "propaganda" for minors won't infringe on the private lives of athletes and spectators at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, the country's sports minister said Sunday.

But Vitaly Mutko's comments on the final day of the athletics world championships leave it open as to whether Olympic athletes and fans could be subject to prosecution if they make statements that could be considered propaganda.

In a news conference on Sunday, Mutko appeared to liken homosexual relations to substance abuse.

"We want to protect our children whose psyches have not formed from the propaganda of drug use, drunkenness and non-traditional sexual relations," Mutko said.

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