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.
Vice President Biden Comfortable with Marriage Equality

Vice President Biden Supports Marriage Equality

"I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties," Biden said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press.

Lou Engle Spins Civil War Metaphor on Gay Rights

Lou Engle's Civil War Metaphor on Gay Rights

Lou Engle, the conservative Christian minister and leader of prayer extravaganza The Call, urged supporters this week to A: show up to his next rally in Virginia, and B: to “restrain” the “homosexual agenda” across the Potomac as confederate military generals fought against the powers-that-be in Washington, D.C. Right Wing Watch reports:

First Russian Fined for Supposed Gay Propaganda

First Russian Fined for 'Gay Propaganda'

Nikolai Alexeyev, a prominent gay activist in Russia, has become the first person fined for the new crime of spreading gay “propaganda,” the Associated Press reports. A Russian court fined Alexeyev $170 for violating the new law. He said he plans to appeal. The judge in the case has not yet presented the grounds for the decision but expects to release the information next week.

Ex Gay Conference Cancelled

Ex-Gay Group Cancels Conference

Organizers of Exodus International's Love Won Out conference cited low participant numbers in scrapping the event.

Chelsea Clinton Urges North Carolina to Reject Amendment One

Chelsea Clinton to N.C.: Vote No on Amendment 1

"I believe that everyone must stand up for what is right, whenever possible, wherever possible," Clinton wrote in an email urging against the antigay ballot intiative to be decided Tuesday.

Christine Quinn Explains Abortion Rights

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn made her support for a woman's right to choose very clear.

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a leading Democratic contender for mayor, said, “I don’t want anybody involved in my uterus, my vagina, my liver, my kidney, my lung,” at a press conf

Missouri Lawmaker Zach Wyatt Comes Out as Gay And Opposes Don't Say Gay Bill

Republican Comes Out, Slams 'Don't Say Gay'

Rep. Zach Wyatt said he had been lying to himself for a long time, but no longer could he.

More Arrests in Russia as Ban on All Sexual Content Proposed

Ban on All Sexual 'Propaganda' Proposed in Russia

In the latest round of arrests Monday, 17 Russian citizens in the country’s second largest city were stopped from displaying rainbow flags, rainbow suspenders, and other rainbow insignias. The arrests were made in St. Petersburg under the city’s new law, which bans any display of so-called gay “propaganda,” public discussion of homosexuality, transgender people or bisexuality. Any display of homosexual conduct that could potentially be seen by minors is also banned.

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