Just because Russia has done such an admirable job shutting down the activities of gay rights organizers doesn’t mean they won’t try, try again. And just because Barack Obama is the leader of the freest nation in the world doesn’t mean he can avoid criticism on maintaining second-class citizen policies. Put those things together, and you’ve got a showdown between Russian activists and Obama.
The president, who will visit Moscow on July 7, may be met by protesters in front of the U.S. Embassy there. Organizers are looking to secure a permit for a demonstration. Of course, this is Moscow, and the land of Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has a tendency to refuse such permits.
But even if protesters manage to line up outside the embassy — they’re looking to send a message for marriage equality in both the U.S. and Russia — Obama also has a tendency to ignore the folks outside.