"The decision makes every citizen equal and will strengthen the institution of marriage for all existing and future marriages."
The text condemns violence and discrimination based on gender identity and welcomes advances in the protection of those rights.
Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano came out Thursday, two days after he was named to the U.S. delegation for Sochi along with openly gay athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow.
We have a saying: "An injury to one is an injury to all." Diminishing the rights of gays and lesbians diminishes rights for all Russians and creates an anti-democratic mood.
"The government is using homophobia and xenophobia to justify its policies against an independent civil society."
A Supreme Court ruling last week allows same-sex couples to legally marry, if they request special legal protection from federal tribunals.