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.
Appeals Court Seems Likely to Strike Down Va. Marriage Ban
May 13 2014 4:54 PM ET

Appeals Court 'Ready' to Strike Down Va. Marriage Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

Those inside the federal courthouse for the Fourth District Court of Appeals today report that two of three judges appeared ready to strike down Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Report: More Than 100 Instances of Antitrans Violence This Year
May 13 2014 3:09 PM ET

Report: More Than 100 Instances of Antitrans Violence This Year

Parker Marie Molloy

A report of the year's first four months serves as a reminder of the alarming rate at which trans individuals — particularly transgender women of color — are murdered worldwide.

WATCH: Malaysia's Battle for Transgender Rights
May 13 2014 2:10 PM ET

WATCH: Malaysia's Battle for Transgender Rights

Parker Marie Molloy

Often deprived of health care and legal recognition, Malaysia's transgender population is mounting a legal challenge against laws that prohibit their self-expression.

NOM Can't Find Anyone Willing to Defend Oregon's Marriage Ban
May 13 2014 1:20 PM ET

NOM Can't Find Anyone to Defend Ore. Marriage Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

The antigay National Organization for Marriage wants to keep its members' names secret but still defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage publicly in federal court. A judge will consider that request Wednesday.

Mike Huckabee: Impeach Ark. Marriage Equality Judge
May 13 2014 1:10 PM ET

Huckabee: Impeach Ark. Marriage Equality Judge

Trudy Ring

The former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential aspirant says Judge Chris Piazza has declared himself 'Super Lawmaker.'

Clay Aiken Pausing Campaign After Opponent's Death
May 13 2014 11:29 AM ET May 13 2014 2:07 PM ET

Clay Aiken Officially Wins Primary Campaign After Full Count

Michelle Garcia

Following the death of primary opponent Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken says he will suspend his campaign activities.

WATCH: Catholic Video Perpetuates Ugly Myths
May 13 2014 4:00 AM ET

WATCH: Catholic Video Perpetuates Ugly Myths

Michael O'Loughlin

A new film suggests that homosexuality is caused by sexual abuse and distant parents.

Op-ed: Why Virginia Is the Next Stop on the Road to Marriage Equality
May 13 2014 3:13 AM ET

Op-ed: Virginia Is Next on the Road to Marriage Equality

James Esseks

Attorneys will argue in court Tuesday that Virginia must establish marriage equality. Here are the couples who are showing the state why its laws must change.

What Happens to Sex When Your Partner Comes Out as Transgender?
May 13 2014 3:00 AM ET

Let's Talk About Sex, Baby — Transgender Sex

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Sometimes when relationships evolve, roadblocks emerge on the path to intimacy.

Marriage Equality Suit Filed in Alaska
May 12 2014 7:30 PM ET

BREAKING: Marriage Equality Suit Filed in Alaska

Trudy Ring

In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court today, couples say the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.

WATCH: LGBT Southerners Keep Up the Fight for Equality
May 12 2014 6:10 PM ET

WATCH: LGBT Southerners Keep Up the Fight for Equality

Trudy Ring

In a new video for HRC's Project One America campaign, LGBT residents of three southern states say there's reason to believe the times are a-changin'.

May 12 2014 4:41 PM ET

Clay Aiken's Democratic Rival Unexpectedly Dies

The former American Idol star will now go on to face GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers in the fall

Michael Sam Puts Spotlight on Missouri's LGBT Laws
May 12 2014 2:56 PM ET

Michael Sam Puts Spotlight on Missouri's LGBT Laws

Michelle Garcia

Michael Sam's historic recruitment may help boost efforts to gain LGBT rights in Missouri.

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