An Associated Press report on Postmedia’s (which own my newspaper, The Gazette) just-launched 2014 Winter Games site is saying that Russia is raising anti-LGBT rhetoric at home while softening its message to the West.

Says the report:

To the West, Russia has sought to extend reassurances as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics that a law passed this summer banning homosexual “propaganda” does not discriminate against gays. To its domestic audience, the government has ramped up the anti-gay rhetoric, unifying its fraying electoral base with a popular refrain of traditional values.

Surprise anyone?

You gotta know that the issue is going to overshadow the Games.

To read the report, click on the link above.