In Politics, The Advocate presents the latest news about the political world. From Supreme Court rulings to state and federal laws, we report 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 LGBT rights movement in the United States and around the world. Learn 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.

The out Massachusetts Democratic congressman isn't saying he'd accept a temporary post as U.S. senator, and he isn't saying he'd turn it down either.

December 21 2012 1:11 PM

The Lesbian and Gay Band Association will march in the 57th inaugural parade following the swearing in of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

More than 2,800 applications were submitted to perform in the parade, more than double the number of applicants in 2009.

“The talented groups chosen to participate in the Inaugural Parade reflect the spirit, values, and diversity of our great nation,” said President Obama. “Vice President Biden and I are honored to have them join us in the parade.”

December 19 2012 2:25 PM

Hawaii's much-loved Daniel Inouye, the second-longest serving Senator, died on Monday at age 88.

Inouye succumbed to a respiratory illness; his last word was "Aloha." Inouye began his political career as one of Hawaii's first congressmen (the state joined the union in 1959) and would move on to a very successful Senate career, serving nine terms. He would become the nation's highest-ranking Asian-American politician. Previously, Inouye fought for the United States in World War II and lost an arm in battle.

December 17 2012 7:56 PM

Tim Scott, appointed to replace Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate, is just as antigay as DeMint but not as iconoclastic.

December 17 2012 3:17 PM

Senate President Steve Sweeney said he hopes Governor Chris Christie, who vetoed marriage equality legislation, will support the ban on therapy that seeks to “change” the sexual orientation of minors.

December 17 2012 10:43 AM Updated

As the Supreme Court considers whether the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional, activists are highlighting some of its harmful effects on same-sex couples.

December 17 2012 5:00 AM