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    2. When discussing Russia’s antigay laws, Obama said he has “no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in a way that intimidate them or are harmful to them.”

    “I think Putin and Russia have a big stake in making sure that the Olympics work,” he said, “and I think that they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics we wouldn’t tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently. They are athletes. They are there to compete. And if Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track or in the swimming pool or on the balance beam and people’s sexual orientation shouldn’t have anything to do with it.”

    Obama continued, “One of the things I think is very important for me to speak out on is making sure that people are treated fairly and justly because that’s what we stand for, and I believe that that’s a precept that’s not unique to America. That’s just something that should apply everywhere.”

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