IOC moves to support gay rights in Olympics

Nine months after a Sochi Winter Olympics embattled by the host country’s anti-gay legislation, the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) took a philosophical stand Monday against future intolerance surrounding an Olympic Games.

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In an unanimous vote, the IOC members approved a recommendation that one its fundamental principles of Olympism now read, “The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Olympic Charter shall be secured without discrimination of any kind, such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

That language also will be included in the host city contract between the IOC and future Olympic Games hosts.

“This is a very important step,” IOC President Thomas Bach of Germany said.