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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.
Charlotte Mayor Helps Fired Gay Grocery Clerk
February 19 2014 1:25 PM ET

Charlotte Mayor Helps Fired Gay Grocery Clerk

Sunnivie Brydum

After a verbal altercation with North Carolina's Republican governor that cost him his job, Drew Swope received some needed support from the Charlotte's Democratic mayor.

WATCH: Maddow on the Marriage Equality 'Revolution'
February 18 2014 7:25 PM ET

WATCH: Maddow on the Marriage Equality 'Revolution'

Ran Aubrey Frazier

Rachel Maddow notes that federal court rulings for marriage equality are coming at 'lightning speed,' and she discusses the implications with law professor Kenji Yoshino.

E! Online ID'd as Source of Article Critiquing Ellen Page's Fashion Sense
February 18 2014 7:00 PM ET

E! Online ID'd for Gross Critique of Ellen Page's Fashion Sense

Ran Aubrey Frazier

In her coming-out speech, Page referred to an online article that said she dresses 'like a massive man,' without naming the source — but a media sleuth has revealed it.

Antigay Russian Journalist Receives Presidential Humanitarian Award
February 18 2014 6:34 PM ET

Putin Honors Very Antigay Journalist as Humanitarian

Ran Aubrey Frazier

Dmitry Kiselyov last year said gay people should not be organ or blood donors, and if they die in an accident, their hearts should be buried or burned to prevent transplantation.

Ky. Couples Sue for In-State Marriage Rights
February 18 2014 4:14 PM ET

Ky. Couples Sue for In-State Marriage Rights

Trudy Ring

They are calling on a judge to expand his ruling on recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere so that gay couples can obtain wedding licenses in Kentucky.

IOC Defends Removal of Trans MP for Rainbow Protest
February 18 2014 3:22 PM ET

IOC Defends Removal of Trans MP for Rainbow Protest

Sunnivie Brydum

The International Olympic Committee is defending the removal of several LGBT activists from the Olympic village Sunday, including a transgender former member of Italy's parliament.

Anglican Bishops Bar Priests From Celebrating Same-Sex Marriages
February 18 2014 2:54 PM ET

Anglican Priests Barred From Blessing Gay Marriages

Michael O'Loughlin

Days after the archbishop of Canterbury equated homophobia with racism, Anglican bishops have prohibited priests from celebrating same-sex marriages.

Mich. Gov. Wants to Keep Denying Benefits to Same-Sex Couples
February 18 2014 1:49 PM ET

Mich. Gov. Wants to Keep Denying Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

Sunnivie Brydum

The state's Republican governor filed a brief Friday asking a federal court to uphold a Michigan law that prohibits state and municipal governments from offering domestic-partner benefits to gay and lesbian employees.

February 18 2014 11:27 AM ET

Irish Journalist Apologizes for 'Gays Don’t Like Sports' Comments

An Irish former rugby player and broadcaster eats crow after saying you’re not supposed to like the same things he does

WATCH: Fox News Hosts Put Down Facebook's New Gender Options
February 17 2014 6:15 PM ET

WATCH: Fox News Teases Facebook Over New Gender Options

Ran Aubrey Frazier

Tucker Carlson refers to 'intersex' identification as 'whatever that is,' while Todd Starnes sneers, 'What if you identify as a pine cone or a chicken or a weed whacker?'

February 17 2014 4:12 PM ET

Former Venezuelan First Daughter Married Recently in NY & Ohio

Cecillia Perez-Matos on marrying Michelle Santill-Perez: 'Michelle looked like everything I had been wanting and wishing for all my life.'

Washington to Convert Domestic Partnerships to Marriage
February 17 2014 12:22 PM ET

Washington to Convert Domestic Partnerships to Marriage

Diane Anderson-Minshall

The final leg of the new marriage equality laws in Washington state means that any same-sex couple who hasn't dissolved their domestic partnership will soon find themselves married (unless they're seniors).

Europe's First Trans Parliamentarian Arrested at Olympics for Gay Sign
February 17 2014 11:26 AM ET

Europe's First Trans Parliamentarian Arrested at Olympics for Gay Sign

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Valdimir Luxuria says she was arrested and detained for carrying a "Gay is OK" sign but she's not backing down.

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