Conflict & Justice

George Takei Backs Petition to Move Sochi Olympics


Actor George Takei gestures at the premiere of the movie "Star Trek" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California April 30, 2009. The movie opens in the U.S. on May 8. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT) - RTXELNI



The activist and actor George Takei is a vocal proponent of LGBT rights.

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He's taking on the Russian government over its anti-gay legislation.

He's backing a petition that would seek to move the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, to Vancouver, Canada.

Anchor Aaron Schachter speaks with him about the petition.

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    The gold (L) and bronze medals manufactured for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi are seen on display at the Adamas jewellery factory in Moscow, June 28, 2013. The factory is the official medal supplier of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi. According to the factory, the production of all the series of medals for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games required not less than 3 kilograms of 999 purity gold, 2 tons of 960 purity silver and 700 kilograms of bronze. Picture taken June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS BUSINESS INDUSTRIAL) - RTX119YA