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.
Robin Roberts Is Most-Liked Morning News Personality
February 21 2014 3:57 PM ET

Numbers Are In: Robin Roberts Is Most Likable in TV Wars

Ran Aubrey Frazier

Roberts's winning personality has viewers hooked, making her the most popular a.m. host, based on an index of celebrity appeal. And Sam Champion is number 2.

Gay Catholic Says Priest Denied Him Communion, Last Rites
February 21 2014 3:20 PM ET

Gay Catholic Says Priest Denied Him Communion, Last Rites

Michael O'Loughlin

A gay man in Washington, D.C., says a Catholic chaplain denied him communion and anointing of the sick after learning of his sexuality.

Judge Says Chicago Marriage Equality Can Start Immediately
February 21 2014 1:00 PM ET February 28 2014 4:34 PM ET

Judge: The Wait Is Over for Chicago's Same-Sex Couples

Sunnivie Brydum

Same-sex couples in Cook County, Ill., don't have to wait until June to get married, according to a federal judge's ruling today.

How Amazon's Latest Pilot Could Reshape Public Understanding of Trans People
February 21 2014 6:00 AM ET

How Amazon's Latest Pilot Can Reshape Trans Storylines

Parker Marie Molloy

A new Amazon Original pilot has potential to reframe discussion around trans characters in scripted television — but it will only get the chance if viewers support the show.

Arizona House Passes 'License to Discriminate' Bill
February 20 2014 7:59 PM ET

Arizona House Passes 'License to Discriminate' Bill

Trudy Ring

It now awaits Gov. Jan Brewer's signature and has a good chance of becoming law.

February 20 2014 7:51 PM ET

Marriage Equality Coming to Finland?

Finland is the only Nordic country without marriage equality, but a Parliamentary debate might be the start of change.

Oregon Atty. Gen. Won't Defend Marriage Ban
February 20 2014 6:39 PM ET

Oregon Atty. Gen. Won't Defend Marriage Ban

Trudy Ring

Ellen Rosenblum joins officials in Virginia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania in refusing to defend a state prohibition on same-sex marriage.

WATCH: New GLAAD Leader Talks Mission With Thomas Roberts
February 20 2014 5:49 PM ET

WATCH: New GLAAD Leader Talks Mission With Thomas Roberts

Ran Aubrey Frazier

Sarah Kate Ellis outlined the organization's goals and challenges in an interview with Thomas Roberts on Morning Joe.

'License to Discriminate' Bills Lose in Maine, Advance in Arizona
February 20 2014 4:55 PM ET

'License to Discriminate' Bills Lose in Maine, Advance in Arizona

Trudy Ring

Maine votes down a bill that would give religious cover to anti-LGBT discrimination, while Arizona appears on track to adopt one — and such measures have stalled in several other states.

U.K. Court: Police Acted Properly in Detaining Journalist's Partner
February 20 2014 3:50 PM ET

U.K. Court: Police Acted Properly in Detaining Journalist's Partner

Ran Aubrey Frazier

The detention of investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, was appropriate under U.K. law, a court rules. Miranda vows to appeal.

Va. Crafts Policy For Trans High School Athletes
February 20 2014 2:57 PM ET

Va. Crafts Policy for Trans HS Athletes

Parker Marie Molloy

The governing board of the Virginia association overseeing high school athletics recently adopted a policy that would allow trans participation in athletics, but the stipulations could make it tough for some students to take advantage.

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