"While Russia and the Soviet Union before it have generally been hostile to gay people, the recent intensity of Mr. Putin's war is part and parcel of his lapse into xenophobia, religious chauvinism and general intolerance as the urban middle class increasingly questions the legitimacy of his authoritarian rule. But if Mr. Putin believed that persecution of gay people would be a domestic issue of little interest to the world, he miscalculated. As Mr. Obama rightly highlighted, the dignity with which gays are treated has been recognized as a fundamental human rights concern in much of the world. No country, especially not one on the cusp of hosting the Olympic Games, should expect such bigotry to go unnoticed."
-- The Washington Post editorial board, condemning what they're (rightfully) calling Russia's "war on gays."