Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, plans to introduce a resolution in the Senate to oppose a new law in Russia that bans the public discussion of same-sex rights and relationships.
The nonbinding resolution calls for Russia to guarantee that athletes and spectators "will not experience anti-LGBT discrimination" when the country hosts the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, according to Merkley's spokesperson, Jamal Raad.
Initial legislative language has been drafted, but Merkley's office will use the August recess to finish working on the bill and gather sponsors. Then they'll introduce it after Congress returns in September, Raad said.
As written, the Russian law, which was implemented last month, seeks to prevent "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors."
The law has seen strong criticism from human rights groups around the world. Some are calling for a boycott of the Olympics, while a number of bars are refusing to serve Russian vodka.
While the International Olympic Committee has said Russia will not enforce the law during the Sochi Games, the country's sports minister said the opposite Thursday, asserting foreign nationals will be subject to the law.
"Outrageous. Olympic discrimination against LGBT athletes and spectators is 100% unacceptable," Merkley tweeted in response to an article about the sports minister saying gay athletes will be "held accountable" if they "propagandize" in the streets.