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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.
WATCH: Rick Perry Knows He 'Stepped in It' With Gay, Alcoholic Comparison
June 20 2014 3:00 PM ET

WATCH: Rick Perry Knows He 'Stepped In It'

Sunnivie Brydum

After the Texas governor made national headlines for claiming one can be genetically predisposed to homosexuality, like alcoholism, he's been scrambling to walk back the statement.

REPORT: Feds Extend All Possible Benefits to Same-Sex Couples, Leaving Rest to Congress
June 20 2014 2:53 PM ET

Feds: We've Extended All Possible Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

Trudy Ring

But federal laws make some married same-sex couples ineligible for certain Social Security and veterans' benefits, explains a new report.

Right Winger: Laverne Cox In League with Satan
June 20 2014 2:14 PM ET

Right Winger: Laverne Cox In League with Satan

Parker Marie Molloy

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Linda Harvey had entered new territory, flat-out accusing Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox of working in league with Satan, himself.

PHOTOS: Stupidest Signs From NOM’s March for Marriage
June 20 2014 1:47 PM ET

PHOTOS: Stupidest Signs From NOM’s March for Marriage

Advocate.com Editors

Signs at the March for Marriage called us Satanic, delivered dire health warnings, and reminded us several times that every kid needs 'a mom and a dad.'

WATCH: 9 Strangest Rants From NOM's Failed March for Marriage
June 20 2014 1:45 PM ET

9 Strangest Rants From NOM's Failed Marriage March

Trudy Ring

Opponents of marriage equality compared themselves to Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln, and emphasized how much women need men.

June 20 2014 12:41 PM ET

Tona Brown Makes History as First Trans Woman to Play Carnegie

With the support of GLAAD, Tona Brown looked to crowd-funding site IndieGogo to raise the budget needed to begin what will be the first LGBT Pride event at Carnegie Hall.

How Conservative Lawyer Ted Olson Joined the Prop. 8 Fight
June 20 2014 4:30 AM ET

How Conservative Lawyer Ted Olson Joined Prop. 8 Fight

David Boies and Theodore B. Olson

In their new book recounting their experience fighting Proposition 8, Ted Olson and David Boies, two polar opposite attorneys, explain how they even got paired up to begin with.

WATCH Even With DNA Evidence Gay Texas Dads Still Denied Adoption Rights
June 19 2014 8:04 PM ET

DNA Proof Isn't Enough For Gay Dads to Be Listed as Parents

Mitch Kellaway

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs are fighting a Texas judge's refusal to list either man on their children's birth certificates — even though each man is the biological father of one of their twins.

Poll: Americans Don’t Buy Tony Perkins’s Antigay ‘Revolution’ Over Marriage Equality
June 19 2014 7:41 PM ET

Poll: Americans Don’t Buy Tony Perkins’s Antigay ‘Revolution’ Over Marriage Equality

Lynn De La Cruz

Americans who oppose marriage equality don't care to put forth the effort to stop it.

Presbyterian Church Moves Toward Marriage Equality
June 19 2014 5:42 PM ET

Which Faith Just Took a Step Toward Equal Marriage? 

Trudy Ring

If a majority of regional bodies affirm a vote taken today at the denomination's General Assembly, same-sex couples will be entitled to church weddings.

Judge: County Official Can't Appeal Pa. Marriage Ruling
June 19 2014 3:29 PM ET

Judge: 'Contrived' Clerk Can't Fight Pa. Marriage

Trudy Ring

She made a 'contrived' argument to intervene in the case after the governor declined to appeal, the judge says.

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