Sen. John McCain unloaded on Vladimir Putin in an op-ed posted Thursday on a Russian news website, criticizing the Russian president for corrupting elections, quashing dissent and discriminating against homosexuals.... The Arizona senator accused Putin of rigging elections and banishing organizations that "defend your right to self-governance." McCain also made reference to anti-gay legislation that recently passed in Russia, as well as last year's imprisonment of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot. "They write laws to codify bigotry against people whose sexual orientation they condemn," McCain wrote. "They throw the members of a punk rock band in jail for the crime of being provocative and vulgar and for having the audacity to protest President Putin's rule."

Arizona's John McCain—John fucking McCain—saw an opportunity to speak up on behalf of LGBT Russians and he seized it. Sally J. Clark had her opportunity and she couldn't be bothered.

A letter to Sally J. Clark from a constituent after the jump...


Dear Council President Clark and other members of the Seattle City Council:

I am writing to ask you to reconsider the decision not to issue a joint resolution on the City's official position regarding anti-LGBT laws in Russia. It is important the people in Russia know that the rest of the world is aware of the terrible, unchecked violence that is occurring against LGBT people in Russia. It is important for people around the world to stand against this vile behavior and these hateful beliefs.

I am nearly in tears after seeing some of the pictures that have been posted on social media of young Russian people who have been violated. I can only imagine their shame and the horror that they have endured. The fact that the perpetrators are often also in these films and photos—that they have no concern about revealing their identities, speaks to the lack of interest in prosecuting these terrible crimes.

In the past I have wondered about the need for the City to weigh in on issues like this. But seeing these horrible, degrading pictures leaves no doubt in my mind: we must stand against these laws and we must let Russia know that we are watching.

Please issue a joint resolution on the City's official position regarding anti-LGBT laws in Russia. Let them know Seattle stands for human rights.


Paula Johnson Burke