Update: Later Friday
President Obama, in a news conference, mentioned the anti-gay law after discussing his canceling a meeting with Putin, primarily over the Snowden affair. But he said the best thing would be for some LGBT athletes to win medals. If Russia didn't send any LGBT athletes, it could be at a competitive disadvantage in the Olympics.
Of course, the old Soviet Union pampered athletes, and probably gave them PED's, to prove the "superiority" of communism.
At the same time, the ability of major league sports players to "come out" in the US is starting to get press attention. Undoubtedly, there are people capable of playing MLB or NFL who didn't try to enter because of past unofficial "bans". It would seem that maybe the Los Angeles Dodgers should sponsor a home run hitting contest for celebrities, and see how many LGBT personalities show up and perform in it. Imagine...