Politics
In Politics, The Advocate presents the latest news about the political world. From Supreme Court rulings to state and federal laws, The Advocate reports on how politics shapes the day-to-day realities faced by members of the gay community. Read about LGBT leaders like Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin and their work to advance the causes of the LGBT rights movement in the United States and around the world. Find out about legislation related to same-sex marriage, adoption, and other issues in gay politics that will impact the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
Will Florida Arrest Clerks for Marrying Gay Couples?
December 22 2014 7:00 AM ET

WATCH: Will Florida Arrest Clerks for Marrying Gay Couples?

Matt Baume

Antigay officials have one final weapon in their arsenal to stop marriage: the threat of jail time.

Op-ed: Trans Glamour Versus Trans Activism
December 22 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Trans Glamour Versus Trans Activism

Elle Boatman

A positive step in transgender visibility doesn't necessarily mean it's a step for transgender activism.

Hands Down, the Single Best Quote of 2014
December 22 2014 5:00 AM ET

Hands Down, the Single Best Quote of 2014

Neal Broverman

This dynamic group helped make this year smarter.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Support Their Kid Wearing Suits
December 20 2014 2:53 PM ET

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Support Their Kid Wearing Suits

Sunnivie Brydum

Brangelina's oldest biological child prefers suits to dresses, and wants to be called John. And the famous couple is totally cool with it.

Supreme Court Rebuffs Florida — Marriages to Begin
December 19 2014 7:20 PM ET

Supreme Court Rejects Florida; Marriages to Begin January 6

Matt Baume

It's more bad news for antigay Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, as the nation's highest court rejects her request to delay marriage equality in the Sunshine State after January 6.

WATCH: Laverne Cox Caught in Middle of Screaming Match on 'The View'
December 19 2014 7:00 PM ET

WATCH: Laverne Cox Caught in Middle of Screaming Match on The View

Dawn Ennis

Cox managed to resolve the dust-up between Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell by making a point with which all could agree.

Ireland Will Ask Its Voters for Marriage in May
December 19 2014 3:02 PM ET

Ireland Will 'Pop the Question' to Voters in May

Thom Senzee

Ireland appears poised to follow Scotland and may soon become the 18th country to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.

Op-ed: How Tom Saved Finland
December 19 2014 8:00 AM ET

Op-ed: How Tom Saved Finland

Jukka Kurttila

The art of Touko Laaksonen, or Tom of Finland, may have played a role in the recent passage of marriage equality in his Nordic motherland.

Op-ed: K-12 Teachers, Let's Step Up for Our Trans Students
December 19 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: K-12 Teachers, Let's Step Up for Our Trans Students

A. William Walker

A teacher reminds his fellow educators: We're here to develop empathetic citizens. So why continue to bar trans students from their gender-affirming bathrooms?

Holder Announces Equal Justice for Transgender Workers
December 18 2014 5:40 PM ET

Holder Announces Equal Justice for Transgender Workers

Dawn Ennis

The attorney general says the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers discrimination based on gender identity.

Supreme Court Inches Closer to Marriage Decision
December 18 2014 4:35 PM ET

Supreme Court Inches Closer to Marriage Decision

Trudy Ring

In January, the justices will weigh whether to take up the Louisiana case, but Idaho's governor says his state offers the best vehicle for a marriage equality decision.

WATCH: 'Duck Dynasty' Son 'Trying to Figure Out' If Being Gay Is a Choice
December 18 2014 3:49 PM ET

Duck Dynasty 'Trying to Figure Out' If Being Gay Is a Choice

Sunnivie Brydum

Willie Robertson says he's not sure if people are born gay, but he loves them just the same — proven by the fact that he works alongside gay people who produce his family's reality show.

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