He added, "Holding the Winter Olympics in Sochi with these laws in place is like holding the Games in Johannesburg at the height of apartheid."
'Polite and tolerant'
Russian politician Igor Anaskikh, deputy chairman of the Parliament's Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Policy committee, told Russian news agency Interfax last week that the law will not be applied to visitors during the Games.
"The Olympic Games is a major international event. We need to be as polite and tolerant as possible. That is why a decision has been made not to raise this issue during the Olympics," he is quoted as saying.
Human Rights Watch has described the anti-gay propaganda law as "a profoundly discriminatory and dangerous bill that is bound to worsen homophobia in Russia."
The rights group also pointed to an increase in attacks in Russia on members of the LGBT community and gay rights activists as cause for concern.