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.
Activists Say TV Debate Was Game Changer for Marriage in Australia

WATCH: The TV Moment That Activists Call a Game-Changer

An honest moment from a TV news show is being shared online, spiking traffic to LGBT websites, and activists say it could be the game changer needed to bring marriage equality to Australia. Finance Minister Penny Wong, a lesbian who is known for her direct answers, appeared alongside treasurer Joe Hockey on Q&A. An audience member asked Hockey why he opposes same-sex marriage. He said it's because he's a parent and wants the "very best" for them.

Michigan Lawmakers Refuse to Sign Award for Lesbian

Mich. Lawmakers Won't Sign Award for Lesbian

A lesbian who was supposed to get one of the Kalamazoo YWCA's annual "Women of Achievement" awards got slighted Thursday, and now LGBT rights leaders want to know what happened.

Malawi President Wants to Decriminalize Being Gay

Malawi's President Wants to Scrap Antigay Laws

Malawi's President Wants to Decriminalize Being Gay

Nancy Pelosi Calls Republican Proposal on Military Chaplains a Fraud

Pelosi Calls Antigay GOP Proposal 'Fraud'

Nancy Pelosi had strong words for a Republican proposal to protect military chaplains from performing same-sex weddings, calling the whole idea a "fraud." "There’s nothing that says that chaplains act against their faith," the House Minority Leader said during a news conference Thursday, objecting to the suggestion from a reporter for a right-wing news site, CNSNews.com, that they needed a conscience clause. “But by ordering the chaplains that don’t believe in performing same-sex marriages," the reporter followed up, "by ordering them to do that, do you think that is —”

Protecting LGBT Refugees from Violence

Protecting LGBT Refugees from Violence

Through the lens of two East African countries where anti-LGBT discrimination is pervasive, a new report by Human Rights First lays the groundwork for aiding vulnerable gay and transgender refugees.

Protestors Face Off in Russia for First Time Over Gay Propaganda Law

Protestors Face Off at St. Petersburg Anti-Homophobia Rally

Approximately 150 protestors faced off against 150 counter-protestors today in St. Petersburg’s first official pride rally held in the Russian city since a new law banning gay “propaganda” took effect last month.

Gay Nominee to Oklahoma Election Board Not Given a Vote

No Gays Allowed on Oklahoma Election Board?

State law required Oklahoma's Republican governor to pick a Democrat for its Election Board, but the gay man she selected as most qualified isn't even getting a vote. Jim Roth was Gov. Mary Fallin's choice for the state's election board, having to name someone from a list provided by Democrats. Local newspapers point out Roth's long list of qualifications, including a term on the statewide Corporation Commission, and two terms as county commissioner.

New Rules Target Sexual Assault Epidemic Among LGBT Inmates

New Rules Target Prison Rape Epidemic Facing LGBT Inmates

Advocates praise the new Justice Department standards, though questions remain about separate rules for immigration detention, to be finalized by the Department of Homeland Security.

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