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.
Protestors Face Off in Russia for First Time Over Gay Propaganda Law

Protestors Face Off at St. Petersburg Anti-Homophobia Rally

Approximately 150 protestors faced off against 150 counter-protestors today in St. Petersburg’s first official pride rally held in the Russian city since a new law banning gay “propaganda” took effect last month.

Gay Nominee to Oklahoma Election Board Not Given a Vote

No Gays Allowed on Oklahoma Election Board?

State law required Oklahoma's Republican governor to pick a Democrat for its Election Board, but the gay man she selected as most qualified isn't even getting a vote. Jim Roth was Gov. Mary Fallin's choice for the state's election board, having to name someone from a list provided by Democrats. Local newspapers point out Roth's long list of qualifications, including a term on the statewide Corporation Commission, and two terms as county commissioner.

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:

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