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Sochi mayor on gays: 'We don't have them in our city'

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

Russia's anti-gay propaganda law has been under the proverbial microscope for months leading up the the 2014 Winter Olympics. In short, the law bans any dissemination of what the state deems "homosexual propaganda" to children.

Apparently this has yet to be much of an issue for the host city, as Sochi mayor Anatoly Pakhomov says that there are no gays in the city.

"It's not accepted here in the Caucasus where we live," Pakhomov said in a BBC interview aired Monday. "We do not have them in our city."

That certainly seems difficult to prove -- the mayor went on to admit that he wasn't certain of this fact -- and Pakhomov said that one's sexuality is his or her own business. Furthermore, Pakhomov insisted that gays were welcome in his city -- so long as they keep to themselves.

"Our hospitality will be extended to everyone who respects the laws of the Russian Federation and doesn't impose their habits on others," Pakhomov said.

 
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