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.
Annise Parker Is Not Going Away
May 12 2014 3:00 AM ET

Annise Parker Is Not Going Away

Tom Dart

A very visible lesbian activist of the 1980s became the three-term mayor of America’s fourth largest city — and in Texas. With her sights set on statewide office, is Annise Parker proof Texas politics have grown up?

WATCH: Defense Sec. Hagel Open to Review Trans Military Ban
May 11 2014 10:59 AM ET

WATCH: Defense Sec. Open to Review Trans Military Ban

Parker Marie Molloy

Though the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' allowed for lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members to serve openly, the military continues to discriminate against trans individuals, preventing them from service. Secretary of Defense Hagel speaks with ABC News on the policy's future.

WATCH: Louie Gohmert Compares LGBT Activists to Nazis
May 11 2014 6:30 AM ET

WATCH: Texas Rep. Compares LGBT Activists to Nazis

Sunnivie Brydum

While the Texas congressman claimed that LGBT advocates are channelling Hitler's Third Reich, he contends that right-wing Americans like himself and the Benham brothers are just 'upset' at the deterioration of Judeo-Christian values.

WATCH: The Power of a Mother's Love for Her Trans Daughter
May 11 2014 6:18 AM ET

WATCH: The Power of a Mother's Love for Her Trans Daughter

Parker Marie Molloy

Just in time for Mother's Day, Transgender Law Center released the latest in its 'My Authentic Life' series of videos, highlighting a California mother-daughter team.

Op-ed: What My Transgender Child Taught Me About Motherhood
May 11 2014 5:32 AM ET

Op-ed: What My Trans Child Taught Me About Motherhood

Tanya Shapiro

One mother learns the value in listening to her son.

PHOTOS: Same-Sex Couples Wed in Arkansas
May 10 2014 11:55 AM ET

PHOTOS: Same-Sex Couples Wed in Arkansas

Sunnivie Brydum

Marriage equality officially arrives in the South as same-sex couples begin marrying in Arkansas following a state court ruling that struck down the existing constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage.

WATCH: Michigan for Marriage Readies Plan B
May 10 2014 8:15 AM ET

WATCH: Michigan for Marriage Readies Plan B

Sunnivie Brydum

Just in case the federal challenge to Michigan's marriage ban doesn't go as advocates hope, they're launching a PR campaign to build support for a referendum to establish marriage equality.

Ky. Gov. Claims Marriage Equality Threatens Birth Rates, Economy
May 10 2014 8:00 AM ET

Ky. Gov. Claims Marriage Equality Threatens Birth Rates

Sunnivie Brydum

In appealing a February ruling that struck down Kentucky's ban on marriage equality, lawyers for the state claim that allowing same-sex couples to marry would cripple the state's economy, since those couples can't procreate.

WATCH: New N.C. Official Ready to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
May 10 2014 6:30 AM ET

N.C. Official Ready to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Sunnivie Brydum

A former mayor of Carrboro is ready to stand on the right side of history if he's elected to serve as the Register of Deeds in Orange County, North Carolina.

BREAKING: Ark. Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
May 09 2014 5:56 PM ET

Arkansas Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Sunnivie Brydum

Marriage equality continues its clean sweep in court, as a circuit judge in Arkansas strikes down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Newspaper Editor Ousted Over Antigay Blog
May 09 2014 5:12 PM ET

Newspaper Editor Ousted Over Antigay Blog

Michael O'Loughlin

The editor of an Iowa newspaper called on people to fight the "Gaystapo."

Judge Orders Continued Recognition for Indiana Couple's Marriage
May 09 2014 2:25 PM ET

Judge: Indiana Must Continue Recognizing Couple's Marriage

Trudy Ring

The state immediately asked for a stay of the order, which would allow the marriage of two women — one of whom is terminally ill — to stay in force while a challenge to Indiana's same-sex marriage ban makes its way through the courts.

U.K. Town to Host Pro-Gay Church Event
May 09 2014 1:55 PM ET

U.K. Town to Host Pro-Gay Church Event

Michael O'Loughlin

Churches in Croydon, south of London, will show support for LGBT people.

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