HOT BLAST: How Alabama is similar to Russia
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A Russian gay rights activist walks along the police line at a Moscow boulevard in downtown on Jan. 19. (AP Photo/ Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A Russian gay rights activist walks along the police line at a Moscow boulevard in downtown on Jan. 19. (AP Photo/ Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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The Winter Olympics begin in a few days in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, Russia. Gay athletes and fans aren't feeling all that welcome.

The harshness of Russian President Vladimir Putin's views on homosexuals has been one of the main talking points during the lead-up to the Olympics. Russia's Putin-influenced laws against public support for gay and lesbian lifestyles have put that country's ordinances on diversity and lifestyles on an international stage.

The United States is one of the nations in which criticism for Russia's anti-gay laws has been the loudest. Interestingly, however, there are eight states that have laws similar to those of Russia, according to the Washington Post.

One of those states is Alabama.

A Post op-ed last week by Yale professors said that "Alabama and Texas mandate that sex-education classes emphasize that homosexuality is 'not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public.' Moreover, the Alabama and Texas statutes mandate that children be taught that 'homosexual conduct is a criminal offense' even though criminalizing private, consensual homosexual conduct has been unconstitutional since 2003."

-- Phillip Tutor

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