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.
Obama, Biden Won't Be at Olympics
December 17 2013 7:34 PM ET

Obama, Biden Won't Be at Olympics

Trudy Ring

In a move interpreted as a protest of Russia's antigay laws, neither the president, the vice president, nor their wives will be in the U.S. delegations to Sochi, but some out athletes will.

WATCH: Gay Military Couple Share 'A Story About Love'
December 17 2013 5:38 PM ET

WATCH: Gay Military Couple Share 'A Story About Love'

Jase Peeples

Grab the whole box of tissues. This beautiful gay military couple's heartwarming love story won't leave a dry eye in the house.

Pope Removes Hard-Line Marriage Equality Opponent From Vatican Panel
December 17 2013 4:34 PM ET

Pope Pulls Marriage Equality Opponent From Vatican Panel

Trudy Ring

Pope Francis's removal of Cardinal Raymond Burke from the Congregation for Bishops and appointment of a more moderate member may signal positive change.

Sacramento School District to Vote on Trans-Inclusive Policy
December 17 2013 3:51 PM ET

Sacramento School District to Vote on Trans-Inclusive Policy

Parker Marie Molloy

The school district in California's capital city is set to consider expanding its nondiscrimination policy to include transgender students in a vote Thursday.

Mich. Gov. Looking for 'Partner' to Discuss Inclusive Antidiscrimination Reform
December 17 2013 2:38 PM ET

Mich. Gov. Looking for 'Partner' to Discuss Inclusive Antidiscrimination Laws

Sunnivie Brydum

Gov. Rick Snyder said he is open to discussions about adding sexual orientation to Michigan's statewide nondiscrimination law.

Op-ed: What It's Like Being Trans In Military Academies
December 16 2013 9:07 PM ET December 18 2013 11:57 PM ET

Op-ed: What It's Like Being Trans In Military Academies

Brynn Tannehill

'There are two types of hiding: the kind that requires you to lurk in the dark spaces of the day, behind shadowy places ... and there is hiding in plain sight.'

Social Security Paying Survivor Benefits to Married Gay, Lesbian Couples
December 16 2013 5:08 PM ET

Social Security Paying Survivor Benefits to Married Gay, Lesbian Couples

Sunnivie Brydum

The Social Security Administration has started paying widows' and widowers' claims to surviving partners in legally recognized same-sex marriages.

Ill. Gay Couples With Health Issues Will Be Able to Marry Early
December 16 2013 4:01 PM ET

Judge: Gay Couples Facing Terminal Illness Can Marry Early in Ill. 

Trudy Ring

Same-sex couples in which one partner has a life-threatening illness can marry immediately instead of waiting for the state's marriage equality law to take effect June 1, a judge has ruled.

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