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.

Wisconsin state Rep. Mark Pocan appears poised to win his Congressional bid after emerging victorious in the Democratic primary.

August 15 2012 10:32 AM

The Republican nominee will run against Tammy Baldwin, who could become the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate.

August 15 2012 1:06 AM Updated

Mary Gonzalez, the first openly LGBT official headed toward the Texas House of Representatives, said she wanted to clarify that she is pansexual. Initial reports said that she identified as a lesbian, but a more recent interview with Gonzalez of El Paso reveals that she truly identifies as pansexual.

August 14 2012 6:54 PM

Peter Cooke, the Democratic nominee for governor in Utah, distanced himself from the national party’s support for marriage equality.

August 14 2012 12:15 PM

The U.S. Senate hopeful is the first candidate to receive a nod from LPAC, the super PAC founded to help lesbians play a bigger role in politics.

August 14 2012 9:39 AM

Gay Democrats offered nice words about their colleague as a person, but they blasted the policies championed by Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick.

August 13 2012 7:47 PM

The group has raised $3 million ahead of schedule to help secure costly TV buys in Maine, Minnesota, and Washington, with help from major Republican donors including Paul Singer.

August 13 2012 1:41 PM

Rachel Maddow says Democrats are making margaritas to celebrate Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate.

The out MSNBC anchor said during an appearance on Meet the Press unday that she talked with a Democratic fund-raiser before the Ryan pick was announced, and "I was teasing him about how much more money the Republicans are raising this year." But the fund-raiser joked, "'Yeah, basically our plan at this point is just to pray for Mitt Romney to pick Paul Ryan, and then any money that we do have we're going to spend on a margarita machine.'"

August 13 2012 1:29 PM