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.
Gay Aussie Politician Weds Partner in Spain
December 20 2012 9:50 PM ET

Gay Aussie Politician Weds Partner in Spain

Trudy Ring

Ian Hunter is believed to be the first sitting Australian official to marry a same-sex partner.

Newt Gingrich Accepts Marriage Equality as Inevitable
December 20 2012 4:13 PM ET

Newt Gingrich: Marriage Equality Inevitable, OK

Trudy Ring

It's a surprising turnabout for the former House speaker, who just this year said same-sex marriage was a "pagan" concept and a "violation of our civilization."

This Couple Say They Are in Involuntary Exile
December 20 2012 6:00 AM ET

Involuntary Exile: What Binational Couples Still Face

Sunnivie Brydum

The Defense of Marriage Act prohibits LGBT Americans from sponsoring their foreign-born partners for residency, forcing many to live worlds apart or even abandon their homeland for a chance to be with the person they love.

Marriage Opponents in Washington Take On Surrogacy
December 19 2012 7:58 PM ET

Washington: Marriage Opponents Take On Surrogacy

Michelle Garcia

Opponents to gay marriage in Washington state are launching another fight; this time to tamp down on gay couples' ability to have children.

Gay Binational Marriage Rights Pioneer Richard Adams Dies
December 19 2012 6:50 PM ET

Gay Binational Marriage Rights Pioneer Dies

Michelle Garcia

Richard Adams, a gay rights pioneer and one half of the first couple to file a marriage equality lawsuit against the federal government, died Monday morning.

Illinois School District Dissolves Committee on Transgender Issues
December 19 2012 6:31 PM ET

Illinois School District Dissolves Committee on Transgender Issues

Trudy Ring

The move effectively ends the East Aurora School District's much-talked-about transgender rights effort, but advocates vow to keep up the fight.

LGBT Marching Band Returns to Obama's Inaugural Parade
December 19 2012 3:25 PM ET

Obama's Inaugural to Include LGBT Marching Band

Michelle Garcia

The Lesbian and Gay Band Association will march in the 57th inaugural parade following the swearing in of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Todd Akin Makes Final Antigay Pitch to Congress
December 19 2012 2:45 PM ET

Todd Akin Makes Final Antigay Pitch to Congress

Michelle Garcia

In one of his final acts in Congress, Missouri representative Todd Akin will make one last effort to add an antigay piece of legislation to this year's defense authorization bill.

PHOTOS: A Wedding for History-Maker Margaret Witt
December 18 2012 3:30 PM ET

PHOTOS: A Wedding for a History-Maker

Advocate.com Editors

Retired Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt, a prominent voice in the fight to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," married her partner on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.