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.

While Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination is a step forward for diversity, an openly gay Supreme Court member remains a long shot -- unless President Obama bucks the trend.

July 06 2009 12:00 AM

Defense Secretary Robert Gates revealed that lawyers are exploring ways to ease enforcement of the military's gay ban, but cautioned that the law doesn't leave much wiggle room.

July 03 2009 12:00 AM

With the federal challenge to Prop. 8 moving full speed ahead, Advocate.com sits down with the two couples named as plaintiffs in the suit.

July 02 2009 12:00 AM

President Barack Obama will have the chance to commit America to the work of providing equality to its LGBT citizens when he addresses activists at a White House reception Monday. Let's hope it doesn't become a missed opportunity.

June 27 2009 12:00 AM

Rep. Jared Polis skipped the president's Oval Office signing ceremony last week of an order extending some benefits to gay federal employees' same-sex partners, but he will attend the DNC fund-raiser Thursday. Polis discusses his rationale and the prospects for overturning "don't ask, don't tell" and DOMA.

June 24 2009 12:00 AM

Despite a last-minute effort from President Obama, for the moment, the LGBT movement -- from big-dollar establishment donors to the grassroots troops -- seems to have turned its proverbial back on the administration.

June 19 2009 12:00 AM

The highest ranking LGBT official in the Obama administration told The Advocate Sunday that Hate Crimes might pass next week and that President Obama was soon to announce an initiative regarding equalizing protections and benefits for LGBT employees.

June 14 2009 12:00 AM

John Berry, the highest-ranking openly LGBT official in the Obama administration, delivered a stirring and poignant appeal to Justice Department employees at their Pride celebration.

June 11 2009 12:00 AM

Anthony Woods is a gay African-American Iraq veteran running for a California congressional seat against eight other candidates, but adversity has never stopped him before.

June 10 2009 12:00 AM

COMMENTARY: The issue of repealing "don't ask, don't tell" has been at a virtual standstill for months, but this week the dam started to give way to movement from both the White House and HRC.

June 05 2009 12:00 AM