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.
Secretary John Kerry Has Nice Ring to It
December 25 2012 1:14 PM ET

LGBT Advocates: Secretary Kerry Has Nice Ring to It

Neal Broverman

  Massachusetts senator John Kerry will likely be the nation's next Secretary of State, and LGBT rights activists couldn't be happier about it.

Author Makes the Christian Case for LGBT Rights
December 24 2012 8:01 AM ET

Author Makes the Christian Case for LGBT Rights

Trudy Ring

C.S. Pearce's new book seeks to convince conservative Christians to evolve in their view of LGBT people — something she had to do as well.

WATCH HRC Has A Lot To Celebrate In 2012
December 23 2012 1:26 PM ET

WATCH: HRC Has A Lot To Celebrate In 2012

Sunnivie Brydum

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT advocacy organization, has a lot to be proud of this year, and the myriad steps toward progress are all documented in a new

WATCH Chelsea Clinton Grills Rick Warren on Marriage Equality
December 22 2012 3:30 PM ET

WATCH: Chelsea Clinton Grills Rick Warren on Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

On Friday's episode of Rock Center with Brian Williams on NBC, Chelsea Clinton sat down with

Republican Congressman Supports DOMA Repeal
December 21 2012 5:20 PM ET

Republican Congressman Supports DOMA Repeal

Julie Bolcer

Rep. Richard Hanna of New York becomes only the second Republican lawmaker to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act. Will other Republicans follow suit?

In Christmas Speech, Pope Rails Against Gender Roles
December 21 2012 5:02 PM ET

In Christmas Speech, Pope Rants About Gender

Lucas Grindley

The pope used his Christmas message today to warn of an "a

The Chuck Hagel Stand-Off Ends With Apology to Gay Ambassador
December 21 2012 2:50 PM ET

Stand-Off Ends With Apology to Gay Ambassador

Lucas Grindley

How the former Republican senator responded in the late '90s to an openly gay nominee for ambassador became a sticking point among activists when his name was floated for Defense Secretary.

Secretary Kerry, and Sen. Frank?
December 21 2012 2:11 PM ET

Secretary Kerry, and Sen. Frank?

Lucas Grindley

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.

Iowa Lesbian Couple Win Fight Over Death Certificate for Child
December 21 2012 12:04 AM ET

Iowa Lesbian Couple Win Fight Over Child's Death Certificate

Trudy Ring

The two women sued after one's name was omitted from their stillborn son's death certificate, and a judge has ruled that both should be listed.

Gay Aussie Politician Weds Partner in Spain
December 20 2012 9:50 PM ET

Gay Aussie Politician Weds Partner in Spain

Trudy Ring

Ian Hunter is believed to be the first sitting Australian official to marry a same-sex partner.

Newt Gingrich Accepts Marriage Equality as Inevitable
December 20 2012 4:13 PM ET

Newt Gingrich: Marriage Equality Inevitable, OK

Trudy Ring

It's a surprising turnabout for the former House speaker, who just this year said same-sex marriage was a "pagan" concept and a "violation of our civilization."

This Couple Say They Are in Involuntary Exile
December 20 2012 6:00 AM ET

Involuntary Exile: What Binational Couples Still Face

Sunnivie Brydum

The Defense of Marriage Act prohibits LGBT Americans from sponsoring their foreign-born partners for residency, forcing many to live worlds apart or even abandon their homeland for a chance to be with the person they love.

Marriage Opponents in Washington Take On Surrogacy
December 19 2012 7:58 PM ET

Washington: Marriage Opponents Take On Surrogacy

Michelle Garcia

Opponents to gay marriage in Washington state are launching another fight; this time to tamp down on gay couples' ability to have children.

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