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.
Mormon Church Backtracks on Antidiscrimination Statement
December 22 2014 4:43 PM ET

Mormon Church Backtracks on Antidiscrimination Statement

Trudy Ring

The church first endorsed statewide LGBT-inclusive legislation, then said its support was limited to a Salt Lake City ordinance.

MSNBC’s Newest Online Host, Janet Mock, Says 'Yes'
December 22 2014 3:38 PM ET

Janet Mock Gets Engaged

Dawn Ennis

The author and trans activist got engaged just hours after hosting the premiere of her online show.

San Antonio Republicans Attempt to Repeal 'Pro-Homosexual' Ordinance
December 22 2014 3:00 PM ET

San Antonio GOP Wants to Repeal LGBT Ordinance

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

Less than two weeks after Fayetteville, Ark., voters repealed a nondiscrimination ordinance, San Antonio's Republicans are hoping to do the same thing.

After 25 Years, DNA Leads to Arrest in Trans Woman's Murder
December 22 2014 2:06 PM ET

After 25 Years, DNA Leads to Arrest in Trans Woman's Murder

Mitch Kellaway

Carla Salazar's murder was a mystery for 25 years, until advances in forensics finally led police to a suspect — the first arrest by a new task force focusing on cold cases.

Will Florida Arrest Clerks for Marrying Gay Couples?
December 22 2014 7:00 AM ET

Will Florida Arrest Clerks for Marrying Gay Couples?

Matt Baume

Antigay officials have one final weapon in their arsenal to stop marriage: the threat of jail time.

Op-ed: Trans Glamour Versus Trans Activism
December 22 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Trans Glamour Versus Trans Activism

Elle Boatman

A positive step in transgender visibility doesn't necessarily mean it's a step for transgender activism.

Hands Down, the Single Best Quote of 2014
December 22 2014 5:00 AM ET

Hands Down, the Single Best Quote of 2014

Neal Broverman

This dynamic group helped make this year smarter.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Support Their Kid Wearing Suits
December 20 2014 2:53 PM ET

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Support Their Kid Wearing Suits

Sunnivie Brydum

Brangelina's oldest biological child prefers suits to dresses, and wants to be called John. And the famous couple is totally cool with it.

Supreme Court Rebuffs Florida — Marriages to Begin
December 19 2014 7:20 PM ET

Supreme Court Rejects Florida; Marriages to Begin January 6

Matt Baume

It's more bad news for antigay Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, as the nation's highest court rejects her request to delay marriage equality in the Sunshine State after January 6.

WATCH: Laverne Cox Caught in Middle of Screaming Match on 'The View'
December 19 2014 7:00 PM ET

WATCH: Laverne Cox Caught in Middle of Screaming Match on The View

Dawn Ennis

Cox managed to resolve the dust-up between Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell by making a point with which all could agree.

Ireland Will Ask Its Voters for Marriage in May
December 19 2014 3:02 PM ET

Ireland Will 'Pop the Question' to Voters in May

Thom Senzee

Ireland appears poised to follow Scotland and may soon become the 18th country to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.

Op-ed: How Tom Saved Finland
December 19 2014 8:00 AM ET

Op-ed: How Tom Saved Finland

Jukka Kurttila

The art of Touko Laaksonen, or Tom of Finland, may have played a role in the recent passage of marriage equality in his Nordic motherland.

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