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.
WATCH: Ariz. Rep. Says Gay Son Doesn't Change His Opposition to Marriage Equality
April 01 2013 2:48 PM ET

WATCH: Congressman Says Having a Gay Son Doesn't Change His Views

Sunnivie Brydum

Rep. Matt Salmon, a Mormon Republican from Arizona, isn't ready to evolve on the issue, despite having a gay son.

Medicare Won't Yet Decide Whether to Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery
April 01 2013 2:22 PM ET

Oops: Medicare Didn't Mean to Suggest It Might Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery

Sunnivie Brydum

After saying it would seek comments on a potential policy change, the Department of Health and Human Services rescinded its call for public input on Medicare's long-standing ban on coverage for gender reassignment surgeries.

WATCH: Gay Dads Send Open Letter to Supreme Court
April 01 2013 12:13 PM ET

WATCH: Gay Dads Send Open Letter to Supreme Court

Sunnivie Brydum

Watch this heartwarming video from a pair of gay dads in Washington, D.C., asking the Supreme Court to protect their three children from damaging, antigay legal precedent.

President Obama Versus Chief Justice Roberts: Who Will Have the Courage of His Convictions?
April 01 2013 6:00 AM ET

Who Will Have the Courage of His Convictions?

Kerry Eleveld

President Obama and Chief Justice Roberts both have a role to play in correcting the injustices of DOMA and Proposition 8.

WATCH: Highlights From Seattle Marriage Equality USA Rally
March 31 2013 4:10 PM ET

WATCH: Seattle Marriage Equality USA Rally Highlights

Jase Peeples

People from all over the Northwest joined together to show their support for marriage equality.

Dan Savage Says Heterosexual People Should be 'Offended' Over Antigay Marriage Equality Arguments
March 31 2013 2:03 PM ET

Dan Savage: Antigay Side Paints Straight People Offensively

Jase Peeples

During a recent Q&A at Southwestern University, the It Gets Better Project cofounder humorously highlighted why antigay arguments supporting DOMA and Prop 8 should be upsetting to heterosexuals.

Southern Baptist Convention Leader Blames Gays For North Korea War Threat Against US
March 31 2013 12:46 PM ET

Top Southern Baptist Blames Gays For N. Korea's War Threat

Jase Peeples

During a recent radio interview, Fred Luter claimed Kim Jong-un’s threats to attack America were the result of debates on marriage equality and gays in the Boy Scouts.

WATCH: Rachel Maddow Celebrates Historic Week for LGBT Rights
March 30 2013 6:53 PM ET

WATCH: Rachel Maddow Celebrates Historic Week for LGBT Rights

Trudy Ring

The MSNBC host toasted the week with a 'full cream' cocktail and predicted an end to 'skim milk' marriages.

WATCH: New Right-Wing Star Attempts to Explain Antigay Comments
March 30 2013 1:57 PM ET

WATCH: New GOP Star Tries Clarifying Antigay Comments

Trudy Ring

Ben Carson tries to clarify his comments that neither gays nor NAMBLA nor bestiality proponents get to change the definition of marriage.

WATCH: Marie Osmond Takes a Stand for Marriage Equality
March 30 2013 12:53 PM ET

WATCH: Marie Osmond Takes a Stand for Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

Osmond, who has a lesbian daughter, discussed the issue with ABC's Diane Sawyer Friday night.

LISTEN: Mat Staver Calls Sen. Rob Portman and Other Pro-Gay Republicans 'Cockroackes'
March 29 2013 6:15 PM ET

LISTEN: Mat Staver Calls Pro-Gay Sen. Rob Portman a 'Cockroach'

Sunnivie Brydum

The chairman of the antigay Liberty Counsel is certain that pro-equality Republicans signal the end of days.

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