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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 Group Works for Marriage Equality in Illinois
October 11 2013 8:56 PM ET

New Group Works for Marriage Equality in Illinois

Trudy Ring

The Inclusive Community Project Political Action Committee will seek to mobilize people of color to work for a bill that may come to a final vote in the next few weeks.

U.K. Asking Asylum-Seekers to 'Prove' They're Gay, Says Report
October 11 2013 1:38 PM ET

U.K. Asking Asylum-Seekers to 'Prove' They're Gay, Says Report

Trudy Ring

Some have even had to turn over photos or videos of sexual activity, according to a parliamentary committee.

WATCH: Student's Poem Asserts 'God Is Gay'
October 11 2013 1:05 PM ET

WATCH: Student's Poem Asserts 'God Is Gay'

Trudy Ring

And maybe Mary was a lesbian, contends the work by a Christian student, whose performance of the poem is proving popular on YouTube.

WATCH: Rachel Maddow on Russia's American-Made Antigay Climate
October 11 2013 11:52 AM ET

WATCH: Rachel Maddow on NOM's Meddling in Russia

Sunnivie Brydum

The out MSNBC anchor contends that 'a virulently antigay Russia' was 'made in America.'

Peace Prize Winner Chelsea Manning Doesn't Consider Herself a Pacifist
October 10 2013 7:52 PM ET

Peace Prize Winner Chelsea Manning Doesn't Consider Herself a Pacifist

Sunnivie Brydum

Meanwhile, Fox News continues to refer to Chelsea as a man, using her given name, despite her August announcement that she's a transgender woman.

New Jersey Court Refuses Stay on Marriage Ruling
October 10 2013 4:24 PM ET October 11 2013 5:35 PM ET

Christie Files 'Emergency' Petition to Stop N.J. Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Republican governor Chris Christie filed an emergency appeal with the New Jersey Supreme Court Thursday, asking the court to delay the start of marriage equality until his appeal in an ongoing state court challenge is resolved. If the Supreme Court denies Christie's request, same-sex marriages could begin October 21.

Cuccinelli Campaign Warns Clergy Could be Imprisoned for 'Teaching Christian Morals'
October 10 2013 3:19 PM ET

Cuccinelli Campaign Warns Clergy Could be Imprisoned for 'Teaching Christian Morals'

Sunnivie Brydum

The latest fund-raising email from Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli's gubernatorial campaign trots out the politician's wife to employ some standard right-wing scare tactics.

Pope Francis Writes Private Letter to Gay Catholics
October 10 2013 2:15 PM ET

Pope Francis Writes Secret Letter to Gay Catholics

Sunnivie Brydum

The Vicar of the Christ personally responded to a letter from a group of gay Roman Catholics.

Abuse in the Name of Christianity
October 10 2013 6:00 AM ET

Abuse in the Name of Christianity

Trudy Ring

The horrors suffered by LGBT kids and others at a 'therapeutic' school are at the center of the new documentary Kidnapped for Christ — and the experience of making the film changed its director's mind about religion.

Feds Sue Texas RV Park for Transgender Discrimination
October 09 2013 8:33 PM ET

Feds Sue Texas RV Park for Transgender Discrimination

Daniel Reynolds

U.S. attorney general Eric Holder filed a complaint against In Toone Services, accusing the park of evicting a woman on the basis of her gender identity.

WATCH: Pat Robertson Likens Transgender People to Geldings
October 09 2013 7:10 PM ET

WATCH: Pat Robertson Likens Transgender People to Geldings

Daniel Reynolds

Reacting to the passage of a transgender rights law in California, the antigay televangelist expressed incredulity about the LGBT community's influence and talked about the gelding of his stallion.

Calif. Gov. Signs Trans Birth Certificate Bill Amid Republican Opposition
October 09 2013 6:08 PM ET

Calif. Gov. Signs Trans Birth Certificate Bill Amid Republican Opposition

Daniel Reynolds

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will help facilitate legal name changes for transgender Californians, as the state's Republican leaders are calling for repeal of another law, which protects trans teens.

San Antonio Councilwoman Chan Seeks Higher Office
October 09 2013 5:05 PM ET

San Antonio Councilwoman Seeks Higher Office

Nicholas Cimarusti

San Antonio City Council member Elisa Chan submitted a letter of resignation Monday in order to run for state Senate. Chan made national news for her antigay remarks in a secretly recorded meeting.

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