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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.
Federal Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Inmate
January 17 2014 6:11 PM ET

Fed. Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Trans Inmate

Parker Marie Molloy

A federal appeals court today upheld a judge's 2012 ruling that transgender inmates should have access to transition-related care while they are incarcerated.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Slays Louie Gohmert's 'Plumbing Lesson' Remark
January 17 2014 4:43 PM ET

WATCH: Jon Stewart's 'Plumbing Lesson' for Texas Rep.

Jami Smith

Jon Stewart took Rep. Louie Gohmert to school over his remark about federal judges needing 'plumbing lessons' following pro-equality rulings in Utah and Oklahoma.

Anti-LGBT Organization Again Takes Aim at Colo. Trans Student 'Jane Doe'
January 17 2014 4:42 PM ET

Anti-LGBT Organization Again Takes Aim at Colo. Trans Student

Parker Marie Molloy

One of the groups behind Proposition 8 and the ongoing efforts to repeal California's trans student law is again targeting a single trans student in Colorado.

George Takei Slams Utah Governor for Refusing to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages
January 17 2014 4:22 PM ET

George Takei Slams Utah Governor for Refusing to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Patrick Yacco

'I'm stunned by his stupidity,' Takei said of Gov. Gary Herbert's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages that took place in Utah.

Trans Woman Dares Bible-Quoting Councilman to Stone Her to Death
January 17 2014 4:14 PM ET

WATCH: Trans Woman Calls Councilman's Bluff

Parker Marie Molloy

A Shreveport, La., City Council member Tuesday withdrew a bill that would repeal the city's recently passed antidiscrimination ordinance following backlash from residents, including one woman willing to call his bluff.

January 17 2014 11:25 AM ET

Houston Mayor Annise Parker Married Longtime Partner in Palm Springs

'I am privileged to now be the wife of the woman I have loved for more than two decades. I couldn't be happier.'

PHOTOS: Meet the Gay Couple Who Made History in Utah
January 17 2014 6:00 AM ET

Meet the Gay Couple Who Made History in Utah

Advocate.com Editors

Who are those first two guys who got married in Utah?

WATCH: Pro-Equality Judges Need Plumbing Lessons, Says Louie Gohmert
January 16 2014 7:35 PM ET

WATCH: Pro-Equality Judges Need Plumbing Lessons, Says Louie Gohmert

Trudy Ring

The right-wing Texas congressman finds yet another justification for his homophobia, while Michele Bachmann chimes in as well.

Utah Will Allow Married Same-Sex Couples to File Joint Taxes
January 16 2014 6:30 PM ET

Utah Will Allow Married Same-Sex Couples to File Joint Taxes

Sunnivie Brydum

Same-sex couples legally married in Utah or any other state can file state tax returns as spouses, even though Utah's governor is still refusing to legally recognize the marriages that took place.

January 16 2014 4:17 PM ET

Oh No He Didn’t: IOC Member Calls US Delegation Absurd

An Italian IOC member slams the US decision to send "lesbians" to Sochi

Uganda Among World's Top Gay Porn Consumers
January 16 2014 3:29 PM ET

Uganda Among World's Top Gay Porn Consumers

Jase Peeples

Despite the county’s antigay laws, Uganda is among the countries racking up the greatest number of internet searches for gay pornography.

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