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Gay rights activists pushing IOC

Updated: June 12, 2012, 4:44 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Despite broad worldwide gains for gay rights, homosexuality remains criminalized in many countries -- a sore point for activists who hope the global stage of the Olympics can be a springboard for change.

Specifically, activists are asking why the International Olympic Committee -- with a credo of "sport for all" -- welcomes in its ranks scores of nations that ban gay sex. For the IOC, which has taken actions in the past to combat racism and sexism, it's a new civil rights challenge ...

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