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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.
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.

Md. Gov. Signs Trans Nondiscrimination Bill Into Law
May 15 2014 12:22 PM ET

Md. Gov. Signs Trans Nondiscrimination Bill Into Law

Parker Marie Molloy

With the stroke of a pen, Maryland becomes the 18th state to provide protections for transgender individuals statewide.

WATCH: Ronan Farrow's Trans Military Debriefing
May 15 2014 12:17 PM ET

WATCH: Ronan Farrow's Trans Military Debriefing

Parker Marie Molloy

The MSNBC host continues his focus on trans issues, this time taking on the military and welcoming discharged Navy cryptologist Landon Wilson and TransMilitary's Fiona Dawson to bring the cultural conversation ever closer to critical mass.

May 15 2014 10:31 AM ET

Photos: Havana Cuba Pride Conga March

Photographer Eric Politzer captured Havana Cuba Pride Conga March, the beginning of a week of events culminating with the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

Anglican Bishop to Gays: Don't Leave the Church
May 15 2014 4:00 AM ET

Anglican Bishop to Gays: Don't Leave the Church

Michael O'Loughlin

Bishop Paul Colton encouraged LGBT people to stick with their faith during Cork LGBT Awareness Week.

Op-ed: When Opposites No Longer Attract
May 15 2014 3:00 AM ET

Op-ed: When Opposites No Longer Attract

Michael Testa

For some, coming out also means enduring a divorce.

S.C. Colleges in LGBT Controversy May Get Funding Back, With Strings Attached
May 14 2014 6:57 PM ET

S.C. Colleges in LGBT Controversy May Get Funding Back, With Strings Attached

Trudy Ring

The State Senate voted to restore funds that the House cut from two schools in retaliation over the assignment of LGBT-inclusive reading material, but the schools will be required to use the money to teach about the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents.

Ark. Supreme Court Denies Stay, But Halts Marriage Equality
May 14 2014 6:13 PM ET

Ark. Supreme Court Denies Stay, But Halts Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

The state's highest court rejected the attorney general's request to stay a ruling that established marriage equality, but said another statute is still in place forbidding the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

WATCH: Critique and Defense of Michael Sam on CNN, Plus a History Lesson
May 14 2014 2:41 PM ET

WATCH: CNN Critiques and Defends Michael Sam

Trudy Ring

Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council called the new NFL player's celebratory kiss with his boyfriend 'inappropriate,' but Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen was there to counter Blackwell's homophobia.

As Ark. Couples Marry, State Seeks Legal Clarity and Stay
May 14 2014 1:53 PM ET

As Ark. Couples Marry, State Seeks Legal Clarity and Stay

Sunnivie Brydum

Confusion and legal wrangling muddy the waters of marriage equality in Arkansas, but two counties are still issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Idaho Judge Won't Put Marriages on Hold
May 14 2014 1:44 PM ET

Idaho Judge Won't Put Marriages on Hold

Michelle Garcia

Judge Candy Dale says same-sex couples in Idaho can begin marrying Friday.

Judge: NOM Has No Standing To Defend Oregon Marriage Ban
May 14 2014 1:01 PM ET

Judge: NOM Can't Defend Oregon Marriage Ban

Michelle Garcia

A federal judge says the National Organization for Marriage does not have the standing to defend Oregon's marriage ban in court.

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