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.
UN Officials Support for Gay Rights an Illegal Act in Some Countries

UN Official's Pro-LGBT Video Still Illegal in Some Places

In observance of today’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

House Passes Violence Against Women Act Without LGBT Protections

House Passes VAWA Without Gay Protections

The House approves reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, but not an LGBT-explicit portion.

Bill to Provide Domestic Partnership Benefits to Federal Employees Clears Senate Committee

Federal Domestic Partnership Bill Clears Senate Committee

A Senate committee says yes to domestic partnership benefits to federal workers.

Politico Profiles Gay Republican Candidate for Congress

Politico Profiles Gay Republican Candidate for Congress

In a Wednesday profile, Politico examines the candidacy of Richard Tisei, an openly gay Republican vying for a Massachusetts congressional seat. Tisei, who served as minority leader in the Massachusetts senate and made an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor in 2010, has been endorsed by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which supports openly LGBT political candidates on both sides of the aisle. Via Politico:

White House Issues Veto Threat on Domestic Violence Bill Lacking LGBT Protections

Obama Threatens Veto If Domestic Violence Bill Excludes Gays

The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) should protections for LGBT victims remain absent from the bill's language. The House version of the bill’s reauthorization “fails to include language that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT victims in VAWA grant programs,” according to a White House Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) that lists other perceived major flaws, including the removal of certain protections for immigrants and individuals living in subsidized housing.

Civil Unions Bill Fails in Colorado

Civil Unions Bill Fails in Colorado

Yet another attempt to pass civil unions in Colorado has failed, and apparently not because the legislation lacked the requisite votes. During a special legislative session called by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the GOP-controlled House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted 5-4 along party lines against the bill, which prevented a full House vote.

Republican Congressman Says OK to Fire Gays

Republican Congressman Says OK to Fire Gays

James Lankford, a Republican representative from Oklahoma, believes a person should be able to be fired for his or her sexual orientation, according to Think Progress.

Gallup Poll Find New Normal in American on Gay Issues

Gallup: There's a 'New Normal' for Americans on Gay Issues

Gallup is calling acceptance of same-sex couples "the new normal" for Americans, based on its latest polling.

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