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.

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

Mazie Hirono moves up from the U.S. House to the Senate, defeating Linda Lingle, who as the state's governor had vetoed civil unions.

November 07 2012 1:42 AM

He faced a difficult reelection challenge after redistricting.

November 07 2012 12:24 AM

Blackburn helped draft the Republicans' antigay national platform.

November 07 2012 12:01 AM

Foxx is known for saying Matthew Shepard's murder was not a hate crime.

November 06 2012 11:05 PM

Allen has a record of opposing marriage equality and LGBT-inclusive hate-crimes laws.

November 06 2012 10:42 PM

Pocan succeeds Tammy Baldwin, who tonight was elected to the U.S. Senate.

November 06 2012 10:31 PM

Tammy Baldwin was called a “radical lesbian” in her quest for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Turns out Wisconsin voters didn't take the bait.

November 06 2012 10:30 PM Updated