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.
WATCH: New Zealand's First Same-Sex Marriage in the Sky
August 22 2013 3:29 PM ET

WATCH: New Zealand's First Same-Sex Marriage in the Sky

Sunnivie Brydum

Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau were among the first same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand on Monday, but they did so high above the Kiwi nation, with out actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson on board.

WATCH: Gay U.S. Reporter Kicked Off Russian News for Pro-LGBT Outburst
August 22 2013 2:13 PM ET

WATCH: Gay U.S. Reporter Kicked Off Russian News for Pro-LGBT Outburst

Sunnivie Brydum

Award-winning journalist and former Advocate columnist Jamie Kirchick was silenced by a government-owned TV station after he criticized Russia's ban on so-called homosexual propaganda.

Russia Defends Anti-LGBT Law in Latest 'Assurance' to IOC
August 22 2013 1:28 PM ET

Russia Defends Antigay Law in Latest 'Assurance' to IOC

Sunnivie Brydum

Russia's deputy prime minister issued a statement aimed at soothing fears about LGBT athletes being penalized during the 2014 Winter Olympics under Russia's ban on so-called LGBT propaganda.

WATCH: WikiLeaks Source Comes Out as Transgender
August 22 2013 12:14 PM ET

WATCH: WikiLeaks Source Comes Out as Transgender

Sunnivie Brydum

The former Army private sentenced to 35 years for sharing classified government documents with the website WikiLeaks revealed today that she's transgender.

PHOTO: Rainbow Crosswalk Appears by Oslo's Russian Embassy
August 21 2013 8:15 PM ET

PHOTO: Rainbow Crosswalk by Russian Embassy

Daniel Reynolds

The rainbow crosswalk is the second to appear near a Russian embassy in the last few weeks.

N.M. County Issues Marriage Licenses as Couple Sues for Legal Recognition
August 21 2013 7:46 PM ET

NM County Issues Marriage Licenses

Daniel Reynolds

In New Mexico, Dona Ana County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today, while a lesbian couple in Santa Fe County filed suit for recognition.

WATCH: Anderson Cooper Interviews Greenwald and Partner
August 21 2013 6:01 PM ET

WATCH: Anderson Cooper Interviews Greenwald and Partner

Daniel Reynolds

Glenn Greenwald and his partner, David Miranda, talk about the 'terrorizing' act of Miranda's recent detainment.

Manning Receives 35-Year Sentence for Leaking Secrets
August 21 2013 2:53 PM ET August 21 2013 9:52 PM ET

Manning Receives 35-Year Sentence for Leaking Secrets

Daniel Reynolds

A judge sentenced Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for leaking thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks.

United Nations Urges Russia to Repeal Antigay Laws
August 20 2013 7:41 PM ET

United Nations Urges Russia to Repeal Antigay Laws

Jase Peeples

The U.N. human rights office condemned the passage of Russia's antigay legislation and is urging the country to repeal the law.

Amusement Park Cancels Wedding Contest Rather Than Include Gay Couple
August 20 2013 4:55 PM ET

Amusement Park Cancels Wedding Contest Rather Than Include Gay Couple

Jase Peeples

When a gay couple protested their exclusion from a wedding contest at the Cedar Point amusement park, the contest was quickly canceled.

Liberty Counsel Claims 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban Harms Minors, Plans Lawsuit
August 20 2013 3:30 PM ET

Liberty Counsel Plans Lawsuit After Jersey Bans 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Jase Peeples

The antigay organization hopes to overturn New Jersey legislation that outlaws reparative therapy for minors in the state.

August 20 2013 3:07 PM ET

Politician Against Gay Marriage Because Gays Don't Face Each Other During Sex

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"A marriage should only be considered amongst people that can look at each other in the eye while having sexual intercourse," says Mexican congresswoman Ana María Jiménez Ortiz.

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