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With each day, we're drawing closer to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. And with each day, it seems the climate there grows more and more anti-gay, since laws there have made it inappropriate to support equal rights. That's all but set the stage for the proud country of Germany, which debuted its rainbow-ish uniforms on Tuesday.

Because of their paean to color spectrum, these hideous German Olympic outfits are being seen as a (hideous) nod to gay rights. "Extremely hideous — but a well-intentioned move supporting the rights of gays and lesbians," one German user quoted by Der Spiegel said. Another added: "Looks great, like a gay and lesbian pride parade." The gay parade he or she is referring to is clearly in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Announcing you are going to the 2014 Olympics pro-gay, is brave move considering no one knows whether or not Russia will punish athletes who speak up for equal rights. Some activists and gay rights advocates want athletes to wear rainbow pins to show solidarity for gay people there. The International Olympic Committee said in August that this wouldn't be permissible. "No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas," it said. 

Officials, for the record, say a pro-gay message was not part of their plans. The rainbow-inspired uniforms' designer, Willy Bogner, as well as Germany, are saying that it was never their intention to make a political statement. "Bogner claims they were an homage to the aesthetics of the 1972 Munich Summer Games and said he wanted to create a 'celebratory design, inspired by the great atmosphere of the times,'" Der Spiegel reports. "This is just a fashionable jacket," Michael Versper, the general director of the German Olympic Sport Confederation said. Here's one more shot of them. You be the judge:

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