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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.
NOM Censures N.J. Gov. Christie for Dropping Marriage Equality Appeal
October 22 2013 12:06 PM ET

NOM Censures N.J. Gov. Christie for Dropping Marriage Equality Appeal

Daniel Reynolds

The conservative organization's president called the act a 'disqualifying failure' that will destroy Christie's higher ambitions in the GOP.

Same-Sex Couples Sue Tennessee for Marriage Recognition
October 21 2013 4:39 PM ET

Same-Sex Couples Sue Tennessee for Marriage Recognition

Trudy Ring

The four couples were legally married in other states and say Tennessee is violating their constitutional rights by not recognizing their unions.

WATCH: Retired Roman Catholic Priest Weds Gay N.J. Couples; He'll Marry Partner Too
October 21 2013 1:31 PM ET

WATCH: Retired Priest Weds Gay N.J. Couples; He'll Marry Partner Too

Trudy Ring

The Rev. Tom Pivinski helped Asbury Park greet marriage equality by performing ceremonies for three same-sex couples this morning, and he and his long-term male partner have taken out a license as well.

Mother of Trans Teen Targeted by Right-Wingers Speaks Out
October 21 2013 12:55 PM ET

Mother of Trans Teen Targeted by Right-Wingers Speaks Out

Sunnivie Brydum

When the antigay Pacific Justice Institute claimed a transgender teenager was harassing cisgender students in the school bathroom, LGBT activists went to work uncovering the truth — which has now been confirmed by the teen's lesbian mother.

WATCH: Cory Booker Shuts Down Religious Heckler at Gay Marriage
October 21 2013 11:11 AM ET

WATCH: Cory Booker Shuts Down Heckler at Gay Marriage 

Sunnivie Brydum

The Newark mayor doesn't think religious-based opposition to one gay couple's marriage counts as a 'substantive, worthy objection.'

WEDDING DAY IN NEW JERSEY: Cory Booker Hosts Happiness, History
October 21 2013 2:41 AM ET October 21 2013 9:10 PM ET

Gov. Christie Drops Appeal, N.J. Marriage Equality Permanent

Lucas Grindley

As midnight arrived in New Jersey, so did marriage equality, making it the 14th state.

NYT's inspired Trans vs. Gay Discussion Unearths Surprising Stats from Earlier Survey
October 20 2013 6:40 AM ET

Surprising Stats from NYT's Gay vs. Trans Discussion

Diane Anderson-Minshall

A media mainstay asks the question and activists jump to answer. But do these Pew survey stats belie the truth?

McGreevey Amazed by New Jersey Marriage Decision
October 19 2013 2:15 PM ET

McGreevey Amazed by New Jersey Marriage Decision

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Nine years after signing domestic partnership into law, the gay former governor is in awe of Monday's same-sex weddings.

WATCH: S.C. Mayor Says She's 'Being Crucified' for Antigay Rant
October 18 2013 8:21 PM ET

WATCH: S.C. Mayor Says She's 'Being Crucified' for Antigay Rant

Trudy Ring

Mayor Linda Oliver's Facebook post denounced the idea of marriage rights for 'queers.'

Right-Wing Group: Presence of Trans Student in Girls' Restroom Is 'Harassment'
October 18 2013 7:20 PM ET

Right-Wing Group: Presence of Trans Student in Girls' Restroom Is 'Harassment'

Trudy Ring

False reports have been circulating of harassment by a transgender girl at a Colorado high school, and now a conservative group says she's committing harassment simply by using the girls' restroom.

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