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.

With the out Wisconsin candidate for Senate leading in the polls, the state's former governor calls her "far out of the mainstream."

September 29 2012 2:13 PM

Conservative Republican Rick Santorum has endorsed Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin, whose campaign seemingly came to a screeching halt when he made controversial remarks about rape-related pregnancies.

3:45 PM

In immigration proceedings, the federal government will consider same-sex couples families, making it less likely binational couples will be separated by deportation.

3:39 PM

Johanna Sigurdardottir, the first openly gay or lesbian head of a national government, announced she will quit politics next year.

2:35 PM

The super PAC created to unseat legislators who killed civil unions legislation earlier this year is going after what it calls one of Colorado's "most extreme" Republicans.

September 27 2012 6:56 PM

A website calling itself a "social mirror" has found 2.5 million uses of the word "faggot" on Twitter since it started counting in early July.

Gay slurs are prevalent, as evidenced by a daily counter on the home page of NoHomophones.com. Since July 5, the site found nearly 900,000 tweets with the phrase "So Gay" and another 800,000 instances of "No Homo." The slur "dyke" wasn't far behind with about 350,000.

The website comes from the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services.

September 27 2012 12:11 PM