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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin: Gays Are Welcome In Our Military

Though the U.S. believes Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has billions stashed away, according to the Wikileaks document dump, the man does have one respectable piece of a moral compass: he’s got no problem with gays serving in the Russian armed forces.

Speaking with Larry King, Putin says that while he does not support same-sex marriage, the idea of barring gay troops is ridiculous: “We have no ban. Sodomy, as it was called, was a criminal offense in the Soviet Union but under the current legislation it is not a crime.” I’d like to say “What a world where Putin has fewer problems with gays in the military than American officials,” but then the reasonable half of me thinks he’s pulling the vodka over our eyes.