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.
HHS to Reevaluate Ban on Gender-Confirming Surgeries
December 13 2013 3:49 PM ET

HHS to Reevaluate Ban on Gender-Confirming Surgeries

Parker Marie Molloy

Medicare and Medicaid could cover gender-confirming surgery for transgender people for the first time, if the final policy review turns out similarly to this initial ruling.

Senate Republicans Introduce 'License to Discriminate' Bill
December 13 2013 2:51 PM ET

Senate Republicans Introduce 'License to Discriminate' Bill

Sunnivie Brydum

The bill could allow religious individuals, as well as organizations, to discriminate against married same-sex couples if they claim it violates their faith-based beliefs.

Hagel: Full National Guard To Recognize Gay Couples
December 13 2013 1:57 PM ET December 13 2013 5:29 PM ET

Hagel: Full National Guard To Recognize Gay Couples

Michelle Garcia

Less than two months after the Defense Department launched an inquiry into how to recognize same-sex couples, each National Guard organization is now falling in line to observe the policy.

WATCH: Lesbian Friend Might Convert Kids, Says Pat Robertson
December 12 2013 7:03 PM ET

WATCH: Lesbian Friend Might Convert Kids, Warns Robertson

Trudy Ring

Robertson advises a mother not to shun her lesbian friend, but to be careful, because ‘you don’t want your children to grow up as lesbians.’

WATCH: Right-Wing 'Documentary' Tries to Defend 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
December 12 2013 4:31 PM ET

WATCH: Right-Wing 'Documentary' Tries to Defend 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Sunnivie Brydum

The 30-minute film profiles four men who claim they overcame 'unwanted same-sex desires' through the scientifically discredited practice of so-called reparative therapy.

Coast Guard Academy Sees First Same-Sex Engagement Announcement
December 12 2013 2:55 PM ET

Coast Guard Academy Sees First Same-Sex Engagement Announcement

Trudy Ring

It's tradition that engagements are announced to the entire student body, and this was the first one for a same-sex couple.

PHOTOS: 6 Couples Australia's High Court Says Aren't Married Anymore
December 11 2013 9:37 PM ET

Australia's High Court Says These Couples Aren't Married

Sunnivie Brydum

Australia's highest court has struck down a territorial law that let same-sex couples begin marrying last weekend.

Mich. Governor Condemns RNC Member's Latest Antigay Remark
December 11 2013 8:01 PM ET

Mich. Governor Condemns RNC Member's Latest Antigay Remark

Trudy Ring

Republican governor Rick Snyder, through an aide, calls party activist Dave Agema's remarks 'wrong, extreme, and discriminatory.'

WATCH: Right Wing Swoons Over Antigay Colo. Baker Ready to Go to Jail for Jesus
December 11 2013 7:45 PM ET

WATCH: Right Wing Swoons Over Antigay Baker

Sunnivie Brydum

Jack Phillips, a bakery owner in Lakewood, Colo., who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, has become a darling of right-wing pundits.

Coalition Still Short in Bid to Repeal Calif. Trans Student Law
December 11 2013 4:09 PM ET

Coalition Still Short in Bid to Repeal Calif. Trans Student Law

Parker Marie Molloy

By the latest count, opponents of California's Student Success and Opportunity Act don't appear to have obtained enough valid signatures to qualify a measure to repeal the law for the November 2014 ballot.

Blogger: Salvation Army No Friend to LGBT Folks
December 11 2013 3:44 PM ET

Blogger: Salvation Army No Friend to LGBT Folks

Trudy Ring

Despite some recent efforts to make nice with LGBT people, the group isn't the best choice for your charitable dollars, NoRedKettles.com points out.

Michelle Malkin Sells Twitter Aggregator to Christian Media Company
December 11 2013 3:04 PM ET

Michelle Malkin Sells Twitter Aggregator to Christian Media Company

Jeffrey Hartinger

The Twitter-centic conservative website is sold after two years.

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