By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com February 08 2014 2:52 PM ET
The president said this week that sending out Olympians as part of the U.S. delegation to the games in Sochi was no accident — it's a message to the world and Russia about equality.
Now there on the ground, where "gay propaganda" is illegal, the delegation is speaking out in an interview with The Advocate.
Former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano backed up President Obama's message.
"We come from a country that believes strongly in universal human values, like equality, freedom of expression, diversity," she told interviewer Charley Cullen Walters, "and our delegation certainly covers all of those areas, as do our athletes. And we as a country stand firm for those values, as does our president."
(Watch the interview with Napolitano and the rest of the delegation in the video above.)
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