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: Fox News Promotes, Then Condemns Pro-Discrimination Laws
February 26 2014 5:34 PM ET

WATCH: Fox Was For Antigay Laws Before It Was Against Them

Trudy Ring

Some of the talking heads on Fox News are appalled by Arizona's pending 'license to discriminate' law — but some of their colleagues think such legislation is just dandy.

'License to Discrimnate' Bills Are Trending But Not Yet Passing
February 26 2014 5:17 PM ET February 26 2014 9:22 PM ET

Trendy 'License to Discriminate' Bills Are Not Yet Passing

Daniel Reynolds

Arizona's governor vetoed SB 1062, but a rash of states have recently proposed so-called religious freedom bills, which could be used to discriminate against LGBT people.

Intersex Youth Tell Fox News (and the World) About Challenges They Face
February 26 2014 4:07 PM ET

Intersex Youth Tell Fox News (and the World) About Challenges They Face

Ran Aubrey Frazier

Members of Inter/Act, a group of young intersex writers and advocates, have drafted an open letter about what 'intersex' is and what it means to have that gender option on Facebook.

Texas Judge Strikes Down Marriage Ban
February 26 2014 3:46 PM ET February 28 2014 2:55 PM ET

Texas Judge Strikes Down Marriage Ban

Michelle Garcia

A federal judge today rules Texas's marriage ban unconstitutional.

Gay Editors at Just Jared and People Nix Paparazzi Pics of Celebs' Kids
February 26 2014 3:35 PM ET

Gay Editors at Just Jared and People Nix Paparazzi Pics of Celebs' Kids

Ran Aubrey Frazier

People magazine and the Just Jared website, both led by gay journalists, ban use of unauthorized paparazzi photos of celebrities' kids.

Most Religious Americans Support Marriage Equality
February 26 2014 1:03 AM ET

Religious Americans Support Marriage Equality

Michael O'Loughlin

A new poll finds that religious Americans, across denominational lines, support marriage equality.

Good News, Bad News in Report on Hate Groups
February 25 2014 9:45 PM ET

Good News, Bad News in Report on Hate Groups

Trudy Ring

The overall number of hate groups is down, and the number of specifically antigay ones is up slightly, but their power seems to be diminishing, says the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Trial Begins in Michigan Marriage Case
February 25 2014 8:48 PM ET

Trial Begins in Michigan Marriage Case

Trudy Ring

'We would like this to be the last trial in America where same-sex couples have to defend themselves,' says the attorney for the couple challenging Michigan's anti–marriage equality law.

Proposed AZ Law Adds More Bias Toward Trans People
February 25 2014 7:41 PM ET

Proposed AZ Law Adds More Bias Toward Trans People

Parker Marie Molloy

Toni D'orsay, a powerful trans activist in the state of Arizona, spoke out on how the law would impact trans individuals, specifically.

Even Mitt Romney Says He Wants Jan Brewer to Veto Antigay Bill
February 25 2014 7:40 PM ET

Even Mitt Romney Wants Jan Brewer to Veto Antigay Bill

Lucas Grindley

In the latest in a series of terse tweets from prominent Republicans, Jan Brewer is being lobbied by her party's former presidential nominee.

'License to Discriminate' Bills Rejected in Indiana, Uncertain in Georgia
February 25 2014 7:09 PM ET

'License to Discriminate' Bills Rejected in Indiana

Trudy Ring

An Indiana House committee withdraws such a bill after public outcry, and Georgia may nix one as well.

WATCH: Anderson Cooper Tears Apart Arizona State Senator on 'AC360'
February 25 2014 4:56 PM ET

WATCH: Anderson Cooper Tears Apart Arizona State Senator

Ran Aubrey Frazier

An Arizona state senator and gubernatorial hopeful is no match for Anderson Cooper in a debate over a 'religious freedom' bill.

Lobbyist Proposes Gay Ban for NFL, Predicts Support From Dozens in Congress
February 25 2014 4:28 PM ET

Lobbyist Proposes Gay Ban for NFL

Daniel Reynolds

In response to the coming-out of NFL hopeful Michael Sam, lobbyist Jack Burkman is proposing legislation to bar gay players from the football league.

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