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.
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.

Antigay Leader Paul Cameron Says He Once Had Homosexual Feelings

Antigay Leader Says He Once Had Homosexual Feelings

One of the most notorious antigay figures admitted during a radio interview this week that he once felt same-sex attraction but claims the culture overcame it.

Chief Foe of Gay Judicial Nominee: “Sodomy is Not a Civil Right”

Chief Foe of Picking Gay Judge: 'Sodomy Is Not a Civil Right'

Virginia delegate Bob Marshall, who helped orchestrate the defeat of gay judicial nominee Tracy Thorne-Begland this week, explained his opposition by saying, “Sodomy is not a civil right.”

UN Officials Support for Gay Rights an Illegal Act in Some Countries

UN Official's Pro-LGBT Video Still Illegal in Some Places

In observance of today’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

House Passes Violence Against Women Act Without LGBT Protections

House Passes VAWA Without Gay Protections

The House approves reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, but not an LGBT-explicit portion.

Bill to Provide Domestic Partnership Benefits to Federal Employees Clears Senate Committee

Federal Domestic Partnership Bill Clears Senate Committee

A Senate committee says yes to domestic partnership benefits to federal workers.

Politico Profiles Gay Republican Candidate for Congress

Politico Profiles Gay Republican Candidate for Congress

In a Wednesday profile, Politico examines the candidacy of Richard Tisei, an openly gay Republican vying for a Massachusetts congressional seat. Tisei, who served as minority leader in the Massachusetts senate and made an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor in 2010, has been endorsed by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which supports openly LGBT political candidates on both sides of the aisle. Via Politico:

White House Issues Veto Threat on Domestic Violence Bill Lacking LGBT Protections

Obama Threatens Veto If Domestic Violence Bill Excludes Gays

The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) should protections for LGBT victims remain absent from the bill's language. The House version of the bill’s reauthorization “fails to include language that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT victims in VAWA grant programs,” according to a White House Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) that lists other perceived major flaws, including the removal of certain protections for immigrants and individuals living in subsidized housing.

Civil Unions Bill Fails in Colorado

Civil Unions Bill Fails in Colorado

Yet another attempt to pass civil unions in Colorado has failed, and apparently not because the legislation lacked the requisite votes. During a special legislative session called by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the GOP-controlled House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted 5-4 along party lines against the bill, which prevented a full House vote.

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