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.
Everything You Need to Know Now About Marriage Equality in Missouri
December 15 2014 5:00 AM ET

Everything You Need to Know About Missouri Marriage

Matt Baume

Updated December 15: Get up to speed on the complex state of marriage equality in Missouri.

ABC Family Orders Trans Reality Series 'My Transparent Life'
December 14 2014 5:48 PM ET

ABC Family to Air Trans-Parent Reality Series

Dawn Ennis

Move over, Maura. Make room for Ben and his transgender parent, Carly.

South Carolina May Have to Reimburse LGBT Nonprofits for Marriage Lawsuit
December 14 2014 2:25 PM ET

S.C. Might Have to Pay LGBT Nonprofits for Marriage Lawsuit

Matt Baume

The more South Carolina tries to stop marriages from happening, the more it may wind up costing them.

Google+ Now Lets You Define Your Gender
December 14 2014 7:00 AM ET

Google+ Now Lets You Define Your Gender

Sunnivie Brydum

The social networking outlet of the tech giant is the latest to let users define their gender identity however feels right to them.

WATCH: The NastyPig Ad Time Warner Didn’t Want You to See
December 14 2014 6:00 AM ET December 14 2014 2:37 PM ET

WATCH: The NastyPig Ad Time Warner Wouldn't Air

Sunnivie Brydum

A sultry holiday-themed ad from clothing company NastyPig was apparently too hot for Time Warner Cable executives.

WATCH: Miss. Pastor Trots Out Horse to Protest Marriage Equality
December 13 2014 1:55 PM ET

WATCH: Miss. Pastor Trots Out Horse to Protest Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

A Baptist pastor in Jackson Miss., dressed his horse in a wedding gown and stood outside the federal courthouse with antigay signs to demonstrate what he believes will follow legal same-sex marriage.

Marriage Equality an Economic Boon
December 13 2014 8:45 AM ET

Marriage Equality an Economic Boon

Trudy Ring

Same-sex weddings are pouring billions into the economy, says the Williams Institute, a UCLA think tank.

REPORT: Same-Sex Couples Less Likely to Divorce
December 13 2014 7:00 AM ET

REPORT: Same-Sex Couples Less Likely to Divorce

Sunnivie Brydum

New data suggests that gay and lesbian couples aren't weakening the institution of marriage — they're actually more likely to stay married than straight couples.

Bryan Fischer: Teach Sodom & Gomorrah in California Schools
December 12 2014 5:25 PM ET

Bryan Fischer: Teach Sodom & Gomorrah in California Schools

Stevie St. John

'Gay history starts with Sodom and Gomorrah,' Fischer said in a rant against a law requiring California schools to teach about the historic contributions of LGBT people.

Former 'Ex-Gay' Movement Star: 'My Sexuality Is a Beautiful Gift From God'
December 12 2014 4:14 PM ET

Former 'Ex-Gay' Movement Star: 'My Sexuality Is a Beautiful Gift From God'

Stevie St. John

Christian Schizzel says he decided to come out as gay 'so that people who have used my story against other gay people won’t have it as a weapon anymore.'

Texas Same-Sex Couples Can't Marry Yet, Judge Rules
December 12 2014 3:32 PM ET

Texas Same-Sex Couples Can't Marry Yet, Judge Rules

Trudy Ring

Judge Orlando Garcia turned down the plaintiffs' request to lift the stay of his pro-equality decision and let the weddings begin.

Alabama to Recall 'NoHomo' License Plate
December 12 2014 1:34 PM ET

Alabama to Recall 'NoHomo' License Plate

Sunnivie Brydum

After LGBT media reported on a vanity license plate in Alabama featuring the words 'NOHOMO,' the state took action to recall the plate.

Op-ed: The Scientific Study That Proves How to Advance LGBT Rights
December 12 2014 9:00 AM ET

Op-ed: The Scientific Study That Proves How to Advance LGBT Rights

Lorri L. Jean

Because after marriage, there will still be plenty to be done.

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