"We are seeing extremely negative consequences as a result of this law, with the growth of hate crimes. Our country has suffered a colossal loss to its image around the world. Now we have a horrible problem, including with our investment climate, because for our artists it has become more and more difficult to work abroad.
"I am very sad to see that the Olympic Games in Sochi for which we have so long and anxiously prepared will come to pass with less brilliance and passion because of this unfortunate initiative that was so hastily - and I believe without thoughtful discussion - adopted by parliament."
-- Russian Member of Parliament Maria Maksakova during a meeting of the liberal wing of President Putin's ruling United Russia party. Maksakova is also a rising opera star. A United Russia spokesman would only say that Maksakova was giving her "personal opinion."