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AT&T Becomes First Major U.S. Corporation To Condemn Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

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FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 file photo, demonstrators stage a theatrical play where gays are grabbed by others wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a protest against Russia's new anti-gay law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" in central London. Despite seven months of international protests, Russia's law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place leading up to the winter olympic games. Yet the eclectic campaign has heartened activists i | ASSOCIATED PRESS

In a major announcement today, AT&T went public as the first major U.S. corporation to condemn Russia's infamous anti-gay "propaganda" law.

With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics only days away, AT&T answered the Human Rights Campaign's call to publicly stand with LGBT Russians, despite that fact that AT&T is not a corporate sponsor of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

“Today, AT&T courageously recommitted itself to fairness, equality and basic human rights," Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement sent to The Huffington Post. "AT&T should be recognized for showing true leadership in opposing this hateful Russian law, and other sponsors that have failed to lead should take corrective action immediately. A company that claims to support LGBT equality should do so wherever it operates, not just in the United States, and we call on all Olympic Sponsors to follow AT&T’s lead and publicly denounce Russia’s anti-LGBT law.”

AT&T has a long-standing history of pro-LGBT support, having been the first telecommunications company to earn a perfect 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.

Head here to read AT&T's blog condemning Russia's anti-gay laws in full.

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