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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.
Report: Pope Influenced to Resign Over Vatican's Gay Network
February 22 2013 2:39 PM ET

Report: Pope Influenced to Resign Over Vatican's Gay Network

Michelle Garcia

Details of a rumored gay network within the Vatican may have spurred Pope Benedict to announce his resignation.

WATCH: Gay Colorado Lawmaker Tells Civil Union Opponents 'Get Thee to a Nunnery'
February 22 2013 2:31 PM ET

WATCH: Gay Colorado Lawmaker Tells Civil Union Opponents 'Get Thee to a Nunnery'

Sunnivie Brydum

Openly gay Denver Democrat, Sen. Pat Steadman, relied on some Shakespearean rhetoric in testimony considering his legislation that would create civil unions in Colorado.

CNN Panel Asks: Are Gay Rights Civil Rights?
February 21 2013 3:51 PM ET

CNN Panel Asks: Are Gay Rights Civil Rights?

Lucas Grindley

How would you answer the question: Are gay rights civil rights?

Republican Jon Huntsman Backs Marriage Equality, Calls on GOP to Evolve
February 21 2013 3:12 PM ET

Jon Huntsman Backs Marriage Equality, Calls on GOP to Evolve

Lucas Grindley

The failed Republican presidential candidate no longer backs only civil unions and said today he wants his party to support full civil marriage.

Republican Might Back Marriage Equality Bill in Minnesota
February 21 2013 2:55 PM ET

Republican Might Back Marriage Equality Bill in Minnesota

Lucas Grindley

The married father of two is considering signing on as co-sponsor of a marriage equality bill in Minnesota.

Laura Bush Asks to Be Removed from Pro-Gay Ad
February 21 2013 1:23 PM ET February 21 2013 10:18 PM ET

Laura Bush Asks to Be Removed from Pro-Gay Ad

Lucas Grindley

The former first lady is included in a new commercial expected to air nationwide on the major networks' Sunday politics shows, and there are no plans to remove her.

Tim Tebow Won't Talk 'Unconditional Love' at Antigay Church
February 21 2013 12:47 PM ET February 21 2013 2:30 PM ET

Tim Tebow Cancels Talk on 'Unconditional Love' — Or Hasn't He?

Lucas Grindley

The New York Jet says he backed out of a scheduled appearance in April at a Texas megachurch with an infamous pastor. But the pastor says it's just postponed.

February 21 2013 10:20 AM ET

Will Gay Obama Fundraiser Rufus Gifford Be Next Ambassador to Denmark?

He's one of the most powerful openly gay men in Washington at the moment

Mass. Department of Education Issues Directive On Trans Students
February 20 2013 7:08 PM ET

Mass. Dept. of Education Issues Directive On Trans Students

Sunnivie Brydum

A new directive from the Massachusetts Department of Education aims to make schools safe and affirming for transgender students by instructing administrators to let the youth use the bathroom and locker room corresponding to the student's gender identity.

Top Papal Candidate Links Sex Abuse and Homosexuality
February 20 2013 5:33 PM ET

Papal Candidate Links Sex Abuse and Homosexuality

Sunnivie Brydum

Cardinal Peter Turkson, of Ghana, says the priest sex-abuse scandal has not reached Africa thanks to the continent's cultural intolerance of homosexuality.

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