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.
May 16 2014 5:04 PM ET

Barney Frank On Working With LGBT Advocates & Some Great Wedding Loot

The legendary politico on the challenges of working with a new generation of LGBT advocates, the importance of humor, the greediness of C-Span, and his wedding loot

Ark. Supreme Court Halts Marriage Equality
May 16 2014 5:00 PM ET

Arkansas Supreme Court Halts Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

County clerks are no longer to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Arkansas, as the state's highest court issues a stay of a local judge's ruling.

Houston Delays LGBT Rights Vote, Removes Restroom Access Provision
May 16 2014 3:49 PM ET

Houston Delays LGBT Rights Vote, Removes Restroom Access Provision

Trudy Ring

Mayor Annise Parker contends a proposed ordinance will still protect trans residents from discrimination.

WATCH: Andrew Garfield Explores Gender Identity in New Arcade Fire Video
May 16 2014 1:32 PM ET

WATCH: Andrew Garfield Bends Gender for Arcade Fire Video

Parker Marie Molloy

Spider-Man gets made up for Arcade Fire's third single off last year's Reflektor, 'We Exist.'

Catholic Priest: Church Must Love Gays
May 16 2014 12:33 PM ET

Catholic Priest: Church Must Love Gays

Michael O'Loughlin

A prominent Catholic priest challenges the church on its attitude toward LGBT people.

Michfest Urges Attendees to Rally Behind Its Performers
May 16 2014 10:22 AM ET

Michfest Urges Attendees to Rally Behind Its Performers

Parker Marie Molloy

Michfest organizer Lisa Vogel clarifies that trans women aren't banned — they just aren't wanted on the land.

Ark. Marriage Equality Resumes
May 15 2014 5:00 PM ET

Ark. Marriage Equality Resumes

Sunnivie Brydum

The state judge who struck down Arkansas's statutory and constitutional prohibitions on same-sex marriage clarified his ruling today by voiding all state laws that refer to marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman.

BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Temporarily Delays Idaho Marriage Equality
May 15 2014 4:25 PM ET

Fed. Court Delays Idaho Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Same-sex couples in Idaho will not be able to get married Friday, as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considers the state's appeal of a ruling establishing marriage equality in the state.

Lobbyist Urges Boycott of Rams, Visa, Over Michael Sam
May 15 2014 3:38 PM ET

Lobbyist Urges Boycott of Rams, Visa, Over Michael Sam

Trudy Ring

Right-wing lobbyist Jack Burkman is leading an effort to cut into the business of the team and the credit card issuer, all because they've had the temerity to employ a player who (like Burkman's brother) is openly gay.

Analysis: The New Morality Scolds
May 15 2014 2:25 PM ET

Analysis: The New Morality Scolds

Michael O'Loughlin

Who, exactly, is entitled to free speech?

Idaho Begs Appeals Court to Stop 'Unseemly Chaos' of Friday Marriage Equality
May 15 2014 1:54 PM ET

Idaho Begs Court to Stop 'Unseemly Chaos' of Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

After a federal trial judge denied his request, Idaho governor Butch Otter has asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to issue a preemptive stay of a ruling that would allow same-sex couples in Idaho to begin marrying Friday.

Italian Catholic Bishop: More Dialogue Needed Around Homosexuality
May 15 2014 1:29 PM ET

Italian Catholic Bishop: More Dialogue Needed Around Homosexuality

Michael O'Loughlin

The head of the Italian bishops conference tells a Florence newspaper that the Catholic Church must listen to all arguments around homosexuality.

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