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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.
Calif. Bills Seek to Ban 'Gay Panic' Defense, Address Other Issues
February 27 2014 9:14 PM ET

Calif. Bills Seek to Ban 'Gay Panic' Defense, Address Other Issues

Trudy Ring

Statewide LGBT right organization Equality California is sponsoring seven bills this legislative session.

WATCH: Catholic League: Religious People Feel 'Besieged' by LGBT Progress
February 27 2014 8:15 PM ET

WATCH: Catholic League: Religious People Feel 'Besieged' by LGBT Progress

Michael O'Loughlin

The president of the Catholic League says people of faith feel besieged by advances in LGBT rights but comes out in support of workplace nondiscrimination protection.

February 27 2014 5:14 PM ET

Today in Gay History: A NY Mayor Illegally Married 24 Same-Sex Couples

Although the marriages were not recognized, New Paltz Mayor Jason West married same-sex couples in front of hundreds

Lance Bass Speaks Out Against Miss. 'License to Discriminate' Bill
February 27 2014 3:50 PM ET

Lance Bass Speaks Out Against Miss. 'License to Discriminate' Bill

Trudy Ring

Meanwhile, a legislative subcommittee removes some saw as the bill's most problematic language.

WATCH: CNN Commentator Calls Ken Cuccinelli a 'Homophobe'
February 27 2014 1:56 PM ET

WATCH: CNN Commentator Calls Ken Cuccinelli a 'Homophobe'

Daniel Reynolds

While debating Arizona's 'license to discriminate' bill on CNN's Crossfire, gay journalist LZ Granderson called out the former attorney general of Virginia for his antigay record.

D.C. Mayor Makes Major Move Expanding Trans Health Care
February 27 2014 12:50 PM ET

D.C. Mayor Makes Major Move Expanding Trans Health Care

Parker Marie Molloy

Transgender Washington, D.C., residents will now be able to purchase insurance policies that include coverage for transition-related care on the D.C. health exchange or through Medicaid benefits.

Op-ed: Coming Out As An Evangelical Pastor
February 27 2014 5:30 AM ET

Op-ed: Coming Out As An Evangelical Pastor

Kevin McCloskey

After decades of hiding his secret from his family and congregation, a pastor comes out and deals with the aftermath.

Arizona's Jan Brewer Vetoes Bill, Declares It Pointless
February 26 2014 8:00 PM ET

Arizona's Jan Brewer Vetoes Bill, Declares It Pointless

Lucas Grindley

The Arizona governor said she'd met with numerous people and still couldn't find an example of what the bill was supposedly crafted to defend against.

WATCH: Fox News Promotes, Then Condemns Pro-Discrimination Laws
February 26 2014 4:34 PM ET

WATCH: Fox Was For Antigay Laws Before It Was Against Them

Trudy Ring

Some of the talking heads on Fox News are appalled by Arizona's pending 'license to discriminate' law — but some of their colleagues think such legislation is just dandy.

'License to Discrimnate' Bills Are Trending But Not Yet Passing
February 26 2014 4:17 PM ET October 09 2014 1:20 PM ET

Trendy 'License to Discriminate' Bills Are Not Yet Passing

Daniel Reynolds

Arizona's governor vetoed SB 1062, but a rash of states have recently proposed so-called religious freedom bills, which could be used to discriminate against LGBT people.

Intersex Youth Tell Fox News (and the World) About Challenges They Face
February 26 2014 3:07 PM ET

Intersex Youth Tell Fox News (and the World) About Challenges They Face

Ran Aubrey Frazier

Members of Inter/Act, a group of young intersex writers and advocates, have drafted an open letter about what 'intersex' is and what it means to have that gender option on Facebook.

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