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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.
New Mexico Clerk Who Launched Marriage Equality Donates Leftover Funds
January 12 2014 3:16 PM ET

New Mexico Clerk Who Launched Marriage Equality Donates Leftover Funds

Sunnivie Brydum

Doña Ana county clerk Lynn Ellins issued the first marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the state last August, and is now donating to a statewide marriage equality organization the leftover funds he raised to help pay his legal fees.

WATCH: Katie Couric Responds to Invasive Trans Questions
January 12 2014 2:10 PM ET

WATCH: Katie Couric Responds to Invasive Trans Questions

Sunnivie Brydum

After questioning trans women Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox about their genitals on her talk show last week, Katie Couric said she wanted to air the 'teachable moment.'

Va. Gov. McAuliffe Sworn In, Signs Nondiscrimination Order
January 12 2014 8:00 AM ET

McAuliffe Sworn In, Signs Nondiscrimination Order

Sunnivie Brydum

Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe signed four executive orders immediately after his inauguration today, including one that outlaws discrimination against LGBT state employees.

Indiana House to Hold Hearing on Marriage Equality Ban
January 11 2014 4:34 PM ET

Indiana House to Hold Hearing on Marriage Equality Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

The proposed constitutional amendment would ban not only same-sex marriage, but any 'substantially similar' legal status providing recognition to couples not comprised of one man and one woman.

WATCH: 12-Year-Old Gets to the Heart of Marriage Equality in Utah
January 11 2014 3:49 PM ET

WATCH: 12-Year-Old Defends His Moms' Utah Marriage

Sunnivie Brydum

Riley Hackford-Peer has a loving family comprised of two moms, himself, and his little brother, and he wants Utah's governor to know that his family deserves equal protection.

Will Colo. Recognize Gay Marriages in Tax Returns?
January 11 2014 9:00 AM ET

Will Colo. Recognize Gay Marriages in Tax Returns?

Sunnivie Brydum

Gay Denver Democrat Sen. Pat Steadman plans to introduce legislation that would allow legally married gay and lesbian Coloradans to file joint state tax returns.

WATCH: Touching Marriage Equality Anthem from 96-Year-Old Actress
January 11 2014 8:00 AM ET

WATCH: 96-Year-Old Actress' Marriage Equality Anthem

Sunnivie Brydum

Marsha Hunt, a 96-year-old former Hollywood actress, wrote 'Here's to All Who Love' in support of marriage equality.

State Department Warns LGBT Americans Traveling to Russia
January 10 2014 7:46 PM ET

State Dept. Warns LGBT Olympic Spectators

Sunnivie Brydum

In advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for American citizens.

Bill Could Force Fed Government to Recognize State Marriage Laws
January 10 2014 4:36 PM ET

Bill Could Force Fed Government to Recognize State Marriage Laws

Michelle Garcia

A bill proposed by a Texas congressman would prevent the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where such unions are not legal.

Bobbie Jean Baker, Trans Activist and Minister, Dead at Age 49
January 10 2014 3:11 PM ET

Trans Activist and Minister Dies at Age 49

Parker Marie Molloy

A prominent transgender activist died in a car accident on New Year's Day, leaving behind a legacy of love, compassion, and hope.

WATCH: MSNBC Live Says 'So Long, Farewell' to Thomas Roberts
January 10 2014 3:05 PM ET

WATCH: 'So Long, Farewell' to Thomas Roberts

Daniel Reynolds

The production team of MSNBC Live compiled a highlight reel of anchor Thomas Roberts, who will transition to host of MSNBC's Way Too Early show next week.

Federal Government Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages
January 10 2014 1:41 PM ET

Feds Will Recognize Utah's Same-Sex Marriages

Sunnivie Brydum

It's still unclear whether the state will honor the 1,360 same-sex unions that took place in the 17 days when they were legal.

NOM Leader: 'Same-Sex Marriage Bullies' Oppressing Christians
January 09 2014 7:24 PM ET

NOM Leader: 'Same-Sex Marriage Bullies' Oppressing Christians

Trudy Ring

Right-wing roundup: Brian Brown says gays are the bullies, while Peter LaBarbera says children of same-sex couples learn 'perversion.'

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