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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.
PHOTOS: Illinois Becomes Marriage Equality State No. 16
November 20 2013 8:26 PM ET

PHOTOS: Illinois Becomes Marriage Equality State No. 16

Michelle Kanaar

With Gov. Pat Quinn's signature on Senate Bill 10, Illinois Wednesday became the 16th U.S. state to embrace marriage equality.

With Cheers and Tears, Illinois Celebrates Marriage Equality Signing
November 20 2013 6:30 PM ET

WATCH: Illinois Celebrates Marriage Equality Signing

Trudy Ring

There was plenty of joy in the air today as Gov. Pat Quinn signed marriage equality into law in a Chicago ceremony.

Scott Lively: 'Butch Homosexuals' Beating Effeminate Russian Gays
November 20 2013 4:33 PM ET

Scott Lively: 'Butch Homosexuals' Beating Femme Russian Gays

Sunnivie Brydum

The antigay American evangelical claims that Russia's violent crackdown on LGBT people is actually 'gay-on-gay' violence.

Scotland: Big Win in Parliament a Good Sign for Marriage Equality
November 20 2013 3:45 PM ET

Scotland: Big Win in Parliament a Good Sign for Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

The Scottish Parliament voted 98-15 to move forward with legislation that would bring marriage equality to the country, possibly as early as next year.

Conservative Group Links Marriage Equality to Illinois Tornadoes
November 20 2013 2:52 PM ET

Conservatives Link Ill. Marriage Equality to Tornadoes

Daniel Reynolds

'Do you think the massive Illinois tornadoes are linked to the passing of the same sex ‘marriage’ bill?' asked the executive director of America Needs Fatima.

WATCH: Mary Cheney Called a 'Lesbian Bigot'
November 20 2013 2:50 PM ET

WATCH: Mary Cheney Called a 'Lesbian Bigot'

Lucas Grindley

In Liz Cheney's quest for the Senate, Mary Cheney's family further becomes a political football.

WATCH: Pastor Suspended for Same-Sex Wedding Says He'll Perform More
November 20 2013 2:48 PM ET

WATCH: Pastor Suspended for Same-Sex Wedding Says He'll Perform More

Trudy Ring

Rev. Frank Schaefer says he'll continue to advocate for LGBT people even if he is stripped of his ministerial credentials.

Texas: Military Spouse Takes Extra Steps, Still Denied Benefits
November 20 2013 1:56 PM ET

Texas: Military Spouse Takes Extra Steps, Still Denied Benefits

Michelle Garcia

The wife of a female member of the Texas National Guard says she was denied housing benefits despite going through the extra steps required for same-sex couples to receive benefits.

Mo. Rep. Seeks to Impeach Gov. for Authorizing Gay Tax Returns
November 20 2013 1:38 PM ET

Mo. Rep. Seeks to Impeach Gov. for Authorizing Gay Tax Returns

Daniel Reynolds

State representative Nick Marshall is calling for the impeachment of Missouri governor Jay Nixon, after the latter's decision last week to allow married gay and lesbian couples to file state tax returns jointly.

READ: Obama Marks Gettysburg Address With Handwritten, Gay-Inclusive Letter
November 20 2013 1:26 PM ET

READ: Obama Marks Gettysburg With Handwritten, Gay-Inclusive Letter

Sunnivie Brydum

President Obama paid homage to the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address with a handwritten letter lauding the ongoing fight for equality.

Equality House Gets Makeover for Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20 2013 1:22 PM ET

Equality House Gets Makeover for Transgender Day of Remembrance

Jase Peeples

The home, located across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, has adopted the colors of the transgender flag in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

WATCH: Santorum Tells Colbert Heterosexuals Have Lost Marriage
November 20 2013 12:26 PM ET

WATCH: Santorum Tells Colbert Heteros Have Lost Marriage

Jase Peeples

Stephen Colbert ruthlessly mocked an oblivious Rick Santorum during his appearance on last night’s episode of The Colbert Report.

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