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.
Lesbian Couple First to File For Formal Civil Union in Arizona
July 07 2013 4:07 PM ET

Lesbian Couple First to File For Formal Civil Union in Arizona

Jase Peeples

With same-sex civil unions now legal in the town of Bisbee, Arizona, Kathy Sowden and Deborah Grier are now able to have their 21-year relationship recognized by law for the first time.

Former NBA Star Becomes First Person to Sign Florida Equal Marriage Amendment Petition
July 06 2013 4:33 PM ET

Former NBA Star Is First to Sign Florida Equal Marriage Amendment Petition

Jase Peeples

Tim Hardaway’s views on marriage equality have evolved from homophobic to supportive and now he’s joining the fight for LGBT civil rights in his state.

Actress Tilda Swinton Poses With Rainbow Flag in Front of Moscow Kremlin
July 06 2013 2:53 PM ET

Actress Tilda Swinton Poses With Rainbow Flag in Front of Moscow Kremlin

Jase Peeples

The Academy Award-winning actress shows her support of Russia’s LGBT community by posting a photo of herself holding a rainbow flag in Moscow.

'Ex-Gay' Leader: Justices, Obama Are on the Down Low — Plus They're Nazis
July 05 2013 7:07 PM ET

'Ex-Gay' Leader: Justices, Obama Are on the Down Low — Plus They're Nazis

Trudy Ring

Greg Quinlan makes some contradictory assertions in his fury over recent pro-gay Supreme Court rulings.

California Senate OK's Wide-Ranging Protections for Transgender Students
July 05 2013 2:21 PM ET

California Senate OK's Wide-Ranging Protections for Transgender Students

Trudy Ring

The measure, the first of its kind in the nation, now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.

Costa Rica Approves Marriage Equality — Unintentionally
July 05 2013 1:32 PM ET

Costa Rica Approves Marriage Equality — Unintentionally

Trudy Ring

Legislators apparently overlooked language in a bill that could lead to marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Popes Francis, Benedict Jointly Condemn Same-Sex Marriage
July 05 2013 12:57 PM ET

Popes Francis, Benedict Team Up to Condemn Gays

Trudy Ring

It's among the topics covered in what appears to be the first encyclical written by two popes.

OutServe-SLDN to Restructure, Josh Seefried to Resign
July 04 2013 7:15 PM ET July 05 2013 2:13 AM ET

OutServe-SLDN to Restructure, Josh Seefried to Resign

Diane Anderson-Minshall

The man who helped found OutServe under a pseudonym before the repeal of DADT will tender his resignation tomorrow.

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