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Olympics Committee Petitioned To Ensure Future Host Countries Don't Have Anti-Gay Laws

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MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 23: A protestor holds up an image representing Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing lipstick during a protest against Russian anti-gay laws opposite the Russian embassy on August 23, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. Gay protestors are protesting Russia's new anti-gay laws and demanding the cancellation of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics scheduled to be held in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) | Denis Doyle via Getty Images
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — More than 100,000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.

The group All Out reiterated its call on the International Olympic Committee to overhaul its selection process, citing the controversy that surrounded the Winter Games in Sochi over Russia's law prohibiting so-called gay "propaganda."

All Out says it delivered its message before Tuesday's deadline for public submissions on "Olympic Agenda 2020," IOC President Thomas Bach's project for reforms that will be voted on in December in Monaco.

All Out says more than 74,000 members signed a petition delivered to the IOC and another 41,000 sent their own messages.

The group wants the IOC to require that host countries have no discriminatory laws in place and future host city contracts include human rights pledges. It also urges the IOC to amend a clause in the Olympic Charter to specifically prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity.

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