In Politics, The Advocate presents the latest news about the political world. From Supreme Court rulings to state and federal laws, we report 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 LGBT rights movement in the United States and around the world. Learn 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.

One of California's antigay politicos was reelected on Tuesday.

November 07 2012 12:40 PM

We're not gloating — it's just that we just find these pictures of Tammy Baldwin and her supporters very moving. The Wisconsin congresswoman became the first openly gay U.S. senator in history on Tuesday.

November 07 2012 12:20 PM

It's still not for certain that Tea Party favorite Allen West has been voted out of office, but his LGBT-supportive opponent is claiming victory.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Patrick Murphy leads West, 50.4% to 49.6% in Florida's 18th district. Separating them are only 2,456 votes. West is demanding a recount.

November 07 2012 12:10 PM

Kyrsten Sinema, who could become the first openly bisexual candidate elected to Congress, said her lead in the hotly contested race in Arizona appears to be “growing.”

November 07 2012 12:09 PM Updated

Mark Takano has won the congressional race in the 41st Congressional District in California, becoming the first person of color in Congress.

November 07 2012 11:40 AM Updated

Michele Bachmann yet again eked out a win in her Minnesota district and returns to Congress with severely antigay views.

With 100& of districts reporting, Bachmann had 50.6% of the vote in the sixth district, compared to 49.4% for Democratic challenger Jim Graves. Only 4,207 votes separated them.

November 07 2012 11:36 AM

Justice David Wiggins, who joined the unanimous marriage equality ruling in 2009, survived a campaign to recall him.

November 07 2012 10:46 AM

Sean Patrick Maloney defeated incumbent Nan Hayworth in one of the most closely watched Congressional races in the country to become the first openly candidate elected to Congress from the state.

November 07 2012 2:06 AM Updated