Google makes colorful statement about Russian anti-gay law with Winter Games-themed 'Doodle'

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Activist Ann Northrop is joined by demonstrators from Queer Nation, and others who oppose the Russian government’s continued attacks on human rights, including the rights of LGBT Russians, as she pours fake blood on an Olympic flag, marking the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with a protest, outside the Consulate General of the Russian Federation, in New York, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As the Winter Games get underway in Sochi, Google Inc. is quietly but vibrantly adding its voice to the chorus of U.S. companies speaking out against Russia's law that restricts gay-rights activities.

The California-based Internet search company transformed its home page into a show of support for gay rights Thursday with a Google Doodle depicting athletes against a rainbow-colored backdrop. Below the logo is a two-sentence section of the Olympic charter that begins, "The practice of sport is a human right."

The updated logo appears on Google pages worldwide. Although Google typically updates its themed daily Doodles at midnight Eastern time, the logo's late afternoon debut means it will be seen in Russia on the day of the Olympics' opening ceremony.

A Google representative had no comment, saying the company wants the Doodle to speak for itself.

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